Lead and Influence: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence
Artistic interpretation of a woman in purple colors, her hair becomes a river of thoughts flowing out of her hair.
What is Expanding HERizons?

We aspire to change the faces of leadership in science, tech, engineering, and math—to better reflect the communities these fields serve. While we have always served women at St. Kateʼs, we realize that we need to do more to attract, retain, graduate and place BIPOC women in STEM positions so they can help lead our country and our world toward inclusive solutions because we know that diverse teams produce better outcomes.

The Future Is Katies

St. Catherine University educates women to lead and influence so that they may use their passion, energy, and intellect to change the world. For over 115 years, we have championed the transformative nature of a women-centered, Catholic, liberal arts education focused on social justice.

Today, St. Kate’s arrives at a pivotal moment, our path clear before us. Through LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence, we will realize our full potential and ignite the spirit of St. Catherine in new generations of students.

Together, we can lead and influence the future. 

"I support the University because transformational leaders don't emerge mysteriously on their own. It requires opportunity, curiosity, and purpose. St. Kate's provides all three. I see the impact on our students every day. How can I not support that?" - Todd Deutsch, Professor of Art and Art History

A photo of Colleen Curran, a 1975 graduate and member of the campaign cabinet.
Colleen Curran ’75, Campaign Cabinet

Colleen Curran ’75 was a St. Catherine University trustee from 2004 to 2007 and currently serves on the Campaign Cabinet for LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence.

Curran’s role is the latest example of her active involvement at St. Kate’s, which also has included teaching as an adjunct professor of business law, participating on several advisory committees, one of which established the Alumnae Association, and another that spearheaded the name change to “University”, and serving as president of the Alumnae Association. All of this she accomplished while building her career in financial services; she retired from Ameriprise as vice president and legal counsel in 2012.

 

In addition to giving of her time and talents, Curran also has built a decades-long history of philanthropic support of the University based on her advocacy for the liberal arts. “My St. Catherine education honed my critical thinking and communication skills and gave me the confidence and love of learning that sustained me throughout my career and today in retirement,” she said. 

Curran’s generosity to the campaign has come in the form of financial aid to students and support for Our Lady of Victory Chapel.

“When I heard that some St. Catherine students were invited to conferences to present research papers, but didn’t have the financial ability to pay for airfare and a hotel room, I knew I had to do something. I worked with Beth Carney [’82, vice president of development and alumni relations] in the Development Office to create the Margaret Reuder Sutton ’50 Travel Fund. Margaret Reuder Sutton was the first St. Catherine student to receive a Fulbright grant. She spent a year teaching and studying French in Paris, which is dear to my heart, since I was a French major, and I’m still studying French today,” said Curran.

“My other campaign priority is Our Lady of Victory Chapel. The Chapel is a joyous space for celebration, as well as a peaceful place for calm and quiet reflection. Nearly every time I am on campus, I make a point to visit.  It’s so important that it is preserved for generations of students to come.

St. Catherine University is grateful to Colleen Curran and all who are contributing in various ways to LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence.

“As a member of the Campaign Cabinet, I’m privileged to have a strong understanding of the innovative strategies and enhancements the University is implementing,” she said. “St Kate’s will be well-positioned to address the needs of the students of the future. I’m blessed to still have wonderful friends from my days at St. Kate’s and in my activities as an alumna, which is one of the best benefits of a women’s university.”

Archived Profiles


Lead Gifts

We are honored by and deeply appreciative of the generosity of these donors. 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Anonymous

Better Way Foundation

Robert and Gail Buuck

GHR Foundation

Katherine Buuck Fratzke ’17 

James J. Hill Center

Joan Kelly '46†

Mary Sands Landis '51† 

Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Manitou Fund

Teresa Rolling Radzinski '86

Lois '63 and John Rogers

ReBecca Koenig Roloff '76 and Mark Roloff MAT'88

Judi Druke Teske '66

Brenda Grandstrand Woodson '80

Campaign Priorities
Our Students

We cultivate leaders who are grounded in reality, powered by values, and believe in their potential to make change. 

Support and Connect Exceptional Students

Our Faculty

Our unique women’s, Catholic, liberal arts education continuously evolves to meet today’s challenges.

Strengthen Faculty and Academic Excellence

Our Place

We are blessed with one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, from our leafy quad to Our Lady of Victory Chapel.

Preserve and Renew Our Campus

Katie Fund

Gifts to our annual giving program flow directly to the areas of greatest need and most immediate opportunity.

Advance the Katie Fund

Amount of campaign goal currently reached is $98,750,000.

Campaign Progress

With your help, we can realize our vision for the Next Level of Excellence. We are well on our way to our goal of $130 million, with $111,500,000 raised to date.