A Letter from the President

A Letter from the President

Dear friends and colleagues,

As each academic year gets underway and I welcome hundreds of new students and reconnect with our returning students and faculty, I’m always amazed that beginnings each year never grow old. Whether it’s a first-year student jumping into the college experience with both feet, the working adult starting her final year of studies toward a baccalaureate degree, or the student-athlete taking the field for the first game of the season, the prospect of achieving great things brings renewed energy to all.

I too am anticipating a new beginning. As many of you know, I’ve long indicated my wish to do “one more thing ” in my professional life after completing my presidency at St. Kate’s. After discussion over the summer with the officers of our Board of Trustees and thoughtful personal discernment, I recently announced that this will be my final year as president of St. Catherine University. I will complete my tenure on July 1, 2016.

As you might imagine, this decision was more than a little difficult, informed by careful consideration of University leadership needs for the future, the needs of my religious Congregation and my personal plans and desires. Although I am retiring from the presidency at St. Kate’s, I plan to work for several more years, and this seems the right time for me to make this transition.

While there is never a good time to leave a place I love, colleagues I deeply respect, and a mission that compels my best energies and intense commitment, I will complete my presidency next summer knowing that St. Kate’s is in a very strong position and will present an attractive call to a new leader. Over the coming months, our Board of Trustees will conduct a national search to identify and select the next President of St. Catherine University.

Make no mistake. During this final year, I will be working alongside dedicated faculty and staff just as I always have—hard, every day and together—to advance our mission and attain our strategic goals. I will also attend several alumnae chapter events (see schedule at right), so I can personally visit with many of you who have become dear friends to me over the years.

Speaking of new beginnings, I am so pleased to introduce St. Catherine University Magazine. After much work with alumnae, University leaders, and our External Relations team, we have changed the name of the publication to more accurately reflect our institutional reality and the magazine’s broadening audience. We have also changed the magazine’s editorial focus and design layout.

In this issue, you’ll learn from our students and faculty why a college education matters, particularly one that’s women-centered and grounded in the liberal arts. You will encounter two dynamic academic programs—newly designed to build on our strengths, meet urgent market demands, and reinforce our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching. Continue on to catch up with the latest class news, learn how our alumnae continue to fulfill our mission in big ways and small, and even sneak a peek into the University Archives. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to catching up with you during the year.

Meanwhile, I promise my prayer and our best efforts to make you more and more proud of St. Catherine University.


Los Angeles/Orange County Luncheon, 10/21/15
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Denver Social Hour, 11/4/15
6–8 p.m.

San Diego Social Hour, 1/10/16
3–5 p.m.

Washington, D.C. Brunch, 1/30/16
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Phoenix Social Hour, 2/24/16
5–7 p.m.

Naples Social Hour, 3/6/16
4–6 p.m.

Twin Cities Alumnae Evening with the President, 5/9/16
7–9 p.m.

For more information, email alumnae@stkate.edu.

Pauline Oo
MAOL Cert ’14, MBA '16

Class Notes Editor
Sara Berhow

Art Director
Carol Evans-Smith

Molly Orth
Joey Blanchard

Production Assistants
Kara DeMarie MLIS '16
Kayla Forbes MBA '17

Director of Visual Communications
Jayne Stauffer

Director of Marketing and Communications
Kristin Kalstad Cummings '91

Vice President for External Relations
Bea Abdallah

Mary Pattock '66, Ruth Haag Brombach '60
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