From the President
It’s summertime. The high-stakes business of final exams, the pageantry of Commencement, and the reminiscing and “just plain fun” of Reunion 2015 are behind us. Although our campuses on two sides of the river are comparatively quiet, vivid colors of intelligence and creativity are blooming everywhere in classes, summer seminars and recreational and sports camps, not to mention the flowers unfolding by the day in our gorgeous gardens. We’ve taken a deep breath and shifted down a gear to recharge for the upcoming academic year. Yet, in that same breath, all of us are racing to enjoy every minute of Minnesota’s most precious — and fleeting — season (mosquitoes notwithstanding).
For me, summertime also brings some time away with family and friends, as well as the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, where we stand today, and what we need to do to build and sustain the University, which holds at its heart, the largest, most comprehensive college for women in the United States.
During this academic year, St. Catherine University conferred degrees on nearly 1,300 students. As I congratulated the graduates, I could not help but wonder where they will go, what they will do and how they will impact the world. Of course, I don’t know what the future will hold, but I can say this for certain: Whether a graduate becomes a business executive, a health-care professional, a teacher, artist, social worker or scientist, she (and yes, he, for our graduate and associate degree students) leaves here prepared to boldly lead and influence.
Graduates of St. Catherine University will challenge others to transformational thinking, turn the philosophy of “the way we’ve always done it” on its ear, and actively promote social justice. They will create partnerships and connections to achieve their goals locally and, in some cases, globally. They will infuse beautiful spirit and put flesh and bones on the St. Catherine mission. They will be extraordinarily good people doing exceptionally good things.
This issue of SCAN focuses on the inevitable personal and professional transformation that is the result of a St. Catherine education. Whether it’s an alumna improving diabetic healthcare among Native American populations or a professor and her student advocating for change in the U.S prison system, each story offers a unique example of the St. Catherine mission in action.
These are exciting and daunting days for higher education and women’s colleges have found themselves squarely in the spotlight. We are so fortunate to have strong enrollment across a diversity of programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels; new and exciting academic programs; the enthusiastic support of our sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph; and a strategic plan that is alive, breathing and a flexible but clear guide toward the future we seek. And, of course, we are fortunate to have such a fabulous and highly productive faculty and thousands of loyal and generous alumnae who are — without doubt — our most valuable ambassadors. Thank you for that and so much more!