A Letter from the President
If there is a more beautiful “snow globe” than our St. Paul campus on a winter day, I don’t know where that would be. When I walked this morning from the Butler Center to Derham Hall, the quiet beauty and solitude surrounded me, and still takes my breath away. The quietness belies the passion and energy inside the buildings and in our students throughout our community. And I believe you will feel that same energy and passion when you read this issue… Defining Women.
Consultants, whether they be for branding a service or a product, will tell you that if you don’t define yourself, others will do it for you.
The Sisters who began St. Kate’s wanted their students to have the confidence and education to forge a definition of themselves that they could use for their entire lives. They knew they needed access to the humanities, arts and sciences to make them think. An eminent physician at the time warned that “higher education [for women]… could cause mental collapse, physical incapacity, infertility and early death.”
The core idea of St. Catherine University remains a radical idea today as women of all ages in the United States, and around the world, fight for the right to define their lives, set their goals and do whatever work is necessary to achieve them.
As I approach six months on the job, I am excited to get out and meet alumnae across the country during chapter visits. Reunion 2017 planning is underway... and, this year, we’re doing things a little differently. For class years ending in 2 or 7, up to 1997 — along with music and theater alumnae from all years — Reunion will take place in June, like always. BUT, our younger alumnae will begin to celebrate a new Homecoming Reunion tradition this fall. Keep an eye on your mailbox and email for invitations and event updates.
I close with a quote from Mother Antonia that one of my classmates sent to me last month. She said that it was the quote that always inspired her to be her best, and to do her best. For her, it was the essence of what it means to be a Katie: “she who would be a woman must avoid mediocrity.”
If you are reading this issue, you made an early and great decision to avoid mediocrity.
I look forward to the future with you, and all the things we can do together to ensure St. Catherine University is always here and always strong for the women who come after us, who choose to avoid mediocrity too.
— ReBecca Koenig Roloff ’76, MBA
Becky On the Move
Meet President Roloff around the country...
JANUARY 29: Washington, D.C.
FEBRUARY 26: Naples, Florida
MARCH 11: Phoenix, Arizona
MARCH 18: San Francisco, California
MARCH 31: Bozeman, Montana*
APRIL 8: Chicago, Illinois
MAY 8: St. Paul — annual event: Alumnae Evening with the President
MAY 9: Kansas City, Missouri
JUNE 3: Denver, Colorado**
Details and RSVP at stkate.edu/alumnaechapters
* New city since the print edition was published!
** Location change (previously New York)