St. Catherine University Reunion 2017 celebrates Katies who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7 — among those, our Katies celebrating their 50th and 25th anniversaries. As Reunion participants make their way back to campus today and tomorrow, here’s a look at some of the happenings of 1967 and 1992.
The Wheel, our student-run newspaper, has been covering events on and off campus since 1935. Underneath each news bullet you'll find a date with a link — click it to view its respective edition of The Wheel.
1966–67 marked the 22nd anniversary of the end of World War II, and found itself in the middle of yet another: the Vietnam War. Well-known radio-television journalist Nancy Dickerson, radio-television personality Art Linkletter, and Vietnam War correspondent Craig Spence made appearances as guest speakers at St. Kate's.
Caption reads: ''Putting up a sign for the Big-Little Sister Luncheon in the St. Joseph display case are chairmen Mary Nodland and Ellen Peterson.'' Photo from the October 21, 1966 issue of The Wheel.
Biology faculty Sister Esperance with a student. Photo from the 1966–67 yearbook.
Caption reads: ''Main structure in the proposed fine arts complex to built at the College is shown in this architect's sketch. The 1800-seat auditorium at the center will be flanked by a smaller theater and speech-drama classroom on one side and musical instructional facilities on the other.'' Photo from the October 7, 1966 issue of The Wheel.
Caption reads: ''Architect's view of the front of the visual arts building scheduled for construction at the College as part of the fine arts complex. This building will face Randolph Avenue and will be located between Caecilian and Mendel Halls.'' Photo from the October 7, 1966 issue of The Wheel.
Caption reads: ''Three Katies lunch near the Cleveland Avenue fence at St. Catherine's while they observe fence mending operations.'' Photo from the May 5, 1967 edition of The Wheel.
The 60s flying saucer craze roused by Cold War paranoia made its appearance in this community voices section of The Wheel (November 18, 1966).
The caption next to this photo in the 1966–67 yearbook reads, ''Members of the field hockey team donned complete uniforms for their intramural games.''
- Fall 1966 brought about plans for the construction of what we now know as The O'Shaughnessy and the Visual Arts Building. Three years earlier, St. Kate's began a fundraiser that ultimately raised over four million dollars, a sum matched by a one-million-dollar from the Ford Foundation.
October 7, 1966
- Vietnam War correspondent Craig Spence delivered the winter convocation address and spoke about his experience in the war "from a correspondent's point of view." Spence also met with students in Whitby Hall.
December 9, 1966
- The theology major was approved, accompanied by the addition of several new classes available to students. Sister Rosalie, theology department chair at the time, "pointed to the expansion in the field of religious education, the development of lay leadership, and need for an informed laity as reasons for establishing theology as an undergraduate major."
April 14, 1967
- The Dolphins, St. Kate's former synchronized swim team, celebrated 30 years in the water. Their annual water show was titled "30 Years Under the CS Sea" — a pun on the College of St. Catherine (CSC), the former name of St. Catherine University.
April 14, 1967
The early 90s — George H.W. Bush was in office, and Thelma and Louise was making waves in the world of feminism. St. Kate's received musical guests such as Take 6, a Grammy award-winning gospel group.
Katies take the stage at the fifth annual Dew Drop Bop. Photo from the 1991–92 yearbook.
Photo of the weight room from the 1991-92 yearbook.
The second annual Take Back the Night event protesting sexual violence against women found widespread support among Katies. Photo from the October 17, 1991 issue of The Wheel.
Students relaxing in what was formerly known as St. Joseph's Hall. Photo from the August 1991 issue of The Wheel.
Graduates assemble during spring commencement. Photo from the 1991–92 yearbook.
- The LEAD Team entered its second year. LEAD (Leadership, Encouragement, Assistance and Development) Team has become a vital contributor to leadership development of student organizations and clubs on campus.
- St. Kate's hosted the 1991 Special Olympics, "housing athletes, trainers, and their families from Gibralter, Ireland, Iceland and Idaho," according to The Wheel. "The Special Olympics was touted by local press as the largest sporting event in the world this year."
- The installation of a new phone system created a degree of mayhem on campus — students voiced concerns about the difficulty of learning how to use it. The benefits of the new digital system included the novel addition of a voicemail feature.
September 19, 1991
- Summer renovations of Mendel Hall culminated just in time for the beginning of Fall 1991. Additions included remodeled research labs and chemistry offices, new classrooms and windows, and extended air conditioning.
September 19, 1991
- Becky Roloff, our 11th University President and 1976 alumna, was named the new Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Kate's, and was one of three Alumnae Award recipients in the 1991 Alumnae Leadership Conference. "I came to St. Catherine's as a good thinker and when I graduated I realized how St. Catherine's had tremendously enhanced me to develop my critical mind," she says in the Wheel article.
October 17, 1991
Reunion 2017 takes place June 9–10 and celebrates all Katies who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7. For more information, visit the official Reunion page or contact Alumnae Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 690-6666.
Story by Michelle Mullowney