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A CENTURY OF SAINTS
KAREN ALWORTH '82
06/26/2013

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Karen Alworth is a longtime supporter of the College, focusing on fundraising and Peace and Justice programming. She served as chair of the College's most successful campaign ever; Imagine Tomorrow surpassed its goal by a wide margin and ended six months early, raising $35 million before concluding in 2007. She read more »




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SISTER NOEMI WEYGANT
06/26/2013

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Always unconventional, Sister Noemi Weygant did not enter St. Scholastica Priory until 1950, at the age of 43. A nationally acclaimed photographer, she was an influential instructor at the College for nearly 20 years. For part of that time she lived and worked on an 80-acre farm in Hermantown, MN, read more »




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SHARON HYRKAS ROLLE '70
06/26/2013

Sharon Hyrkas Rolle has used her degree in mathematics in her teaching at Duluth Cathedral and Marshall School in Duluth, as well as in the Hopkins and Robbinsdale systems. She has served on the College's Alumni Association Board of Directors and has a long history of supporting the College as read more »




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PHILIP ROLLE
06/26/2013

Philip Rolle is a former member and chair of St. Scholastica's Board of Trustees. He has been a regular contributor to the College and its charitable efforts, and has Trustee Emeritus status. He held a number of banking management and leadership positions at Norwest and Wells Fargo before retiring in read more »




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LARRY GOODWIN
06/25/2013

Larry Goodwin has been president since 1998. He started at the College in 1987 as dean of faculty and was later appointed academic vice president. Among the highlights of his presidency are creation of an accelerated evening program, a strengthening of Catholic Benedictine identity while also increasing diversity, and expansion read more »




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GREGORY "GREG" SCHERER
06/24/2013

Gregory Scherer served on the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 2001 and from 2004 to 2010, including as chair from 1998 to 2001. He holds Trustee Emeritus status. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from St. John's University and a master's degree in national park administration from the read more »




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SISTER GRACE MARIE BRAUN '48
06/21/2013

After graduating from the College, Sister Grace Marie Braun earned her master's in Dietetics from St. Louis University in 1952. She taught Dietetics at St. Scholastica for 25 years and also was the director of Food Services. She became the Prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery in 1975 and served in read more »




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MARK RUBIN '75
06/21/2013

Mark Rubin has filled several roles at the College: undergraduate history major, adjunct instructor and member of the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1999. As a graduating student, he gave the student commencement address. Thirty-six years later, in the spring of 2011, he gave the keynote commencement address. He read more »




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SISTER KATHLEEN HOFER '63
06/21/2013

Sister Kathleen Hofer earned an MBA from George Washington University and taught Health Information Administration at the College for nearly 15 years. She also served as department chair before becoming president of St. Mary's Hospital in 1982. She has served in leadership positions with Essentia Health, the Benedictine Health System, read more »




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DAVID HIRSCH '84
06/21/2013

David Hirsch is co-founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of Midwest Industrial Coatings Inc., a privately held coatings distribution company based in Shakopee, MN. He and his wife, Bonnie '83 met at the College. They endow the Hirsch Family Scholarship in honor of Sister Timothy Kirby, a read more »




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JEANETTE (SKERJANCE '58) AND RICHARD NEGRI
06/20/2013

After her graduation with a chemistry degree, Jeanette Skerjance Negri worked in research with Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Minnesota. Her husband, Dick, was an executive with Donaldson Company, Inc., which specializes in filtration, ending his career as vice president for Manufacturing  Worldwide Operations. Jeanette read more »




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CECELIA TAYLOR
06/20/2013

Cecelia Taylor served as the chair of the School of Nursing and co-chair of the Health Sciences Division from 1992 to 1998 and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of Faculty from 1998 until her retirement in 2001. She came to St. Scholastica from Syracuse University, read more »




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EDWIN "ED" ERICKSON
06/19/2013

Edwin "Ed" Erickson was a member of the College's Board of Trustees who, with his wife, Mary, generously gave financial support to building projects, academic initiatives and scholarship funds at the College. Their donations included gifts to the Science Initiative, which helped significantly expand the Science Center, and to the read more »




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ELIZABETH AND RICHARD BURNS
06/19/2013

Elizabeth and Richard Burns are business and community leaders in the Twin Ports. She is former co-owner and president of the Evening Telegram Co., which owned the Superior Telegram and other media outlets. He is an attorney, now retired from Hanft Fride in Duluth. In 2007, the College announced that read more »




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BINGSHUO LI '08
06/19/2013

During his time at the College, Bingshuo Li organized bone marrow donation drives among students in the Twin Ports that identified more than 3,000 potential donors. His efforts also spread interest in organizing similar drives among college students in the Twin Cities. His interest in bone marrow transplants and cancer read more »




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KAREN CADIGAN '91
06/19/2013

Karen Cadigan serves as Director of the Minnesota Office of Early Learning within the Minnesota Department of Education. She and her team work to align, coordinate and improve the statewide system for children from birth through age 8 and for their families. Cadigan also has worked as a research fellow read more »




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MARY QUINLIVAN '54
06/19/2013

Mary Quinlivan taught history at St. Scholastica and has been a generous donor to her alma mater. She served as a member of the St. Scholastica Monastery in the 1960s and 1970s, when she taught at the College. She retired in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught read more »




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BOB AND KRISTIN '98 RYAN
06/19/2013

Bob and Kristin Ryan of Duluth have supported the College through their service and philanthropy, taking the lead on major projects such as the Science Initiative. Kristin earned an MA in nursing from the College and a registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner at Essentia Health in Duluth. Bob is read more »




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MARTHA ALWORTH
06/19/2013

Martha Alworth, a graduate of Stanbrook Hall, was one of the first lay trustees and Trustee Emerita of the College, serving from 1972 to 1984. She was a community and social activist, and her strong convictions led to her endowing the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice read more »




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MARTHA WITRAK
06/19/2013

Martha "Marty" Witrak is dean of the School of Nursing at the College. She holds a doctorate from Syracuse University, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College. She also has served the College as Executive Director of the Center for Leadership read more »




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DR. LOUISE TOWN '53
06/19/2013

Dr. Louise Town is a nursing graduate of the College and a member of the Board of Trustees. She earned a master's degree in nursing administration and her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also served as a clinical associate professor of neurology. She received citations for read more »




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CARRIE DEBOER DOOYEMA '00
06/19/2013

Carrie DeBoer Dooyema graduated from the College in nursing, and works as a behavioral health specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. She earned her master's degree in public health and nursing from Emory University in Atlanta. She began her career as a pediatric nurse read more »




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BARRY LESAR '73
06/17/2013

Barry Lesar worked as a mine inspector for St. Louis County on Minnesota's Iron Range for 28 years before retiring. A loyal and active volunteer on behalf of the College, he has served on the Alumni Board of Directors and in 2009 was the recipient of the Sister Ann Edward read more »




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LLOYD MUNJANJA '11
06/17/2013

Lloyd Munjanja is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He came to St. Scholastica from his native country of Zimbabwe as a chemistry student and had his undergraduate research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. While on campus he volunteered in efforts read more »




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MARGARET "PEGGY" CANE '50
06/17/2013

Margaret "Peggy" Cane enjoyed a successful career in St. Scholastica's Nursing Department for 20 years. In the 1980s, when the College created its unique RN completion program for nurses who had received a two- or three-year diploma and wanted a bachelor's degree, she traveled weekly to Brainerd and later Grand read more »




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JAY NEWCOMB
06/17/2013

Jay Newcomb is coordinator of service learning at the College. The program uses a teaching and learning approach that integrates service work with academics to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. He oversees St. Scholastica's Community Day, which allows the entire campus community to participate in volunteer activities read more »




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ROLF '85 AND QUIN '94 FLAIG
06/17/2013

The Flaig brothers, Rolf and Quin, are members of an extended family that includes 15 St. Scholastica alumni. The Flaigs' deep connection to the College prompted both to take jobs on campus after graduation. Rolf worked in Admissions and became the director; Quin also worked in Admissions and later became read more »




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MARY ANN (PETERSON '59) AND LEON ROYER
06/17/2013

Mary Ann (Peterson) and Leon Royer have long been generous benefactors of the College. Mary Ann graduated with a nursing degree and worked as a public health nurse in the field of aging and nursing education. In 36 years at 3M, Leon developed many new products and led start-up businesses, read more »




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DANIEL CLAY '89
06/13/2013

Daniel Clay serves as Dean of Education at the University of Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from St. Scholastica and his master's degree and doctorate from Missouri. Before coming to Missouri, he served as an Associate Dean at Auburn University's College of Education. He also has worked read more »




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DEL CASE
05/13/2013

Del Case served the College for nearly 15 years, retiring in 2010 as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. From 2000 to 2006, he led staff efforts on behalf of the Imagine Tomorrow fundraising campaign, which generated $34.8 million for programs, buildings, scholarships and endowments. Under his direction the Institutional Advancement read more »




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OLLIE '86 AND MARY '87 MEYER
05/13/2013

Oliver "Ollie" Meyer is associate director of Admissions at the College. Mary Meyer is Admissions events specialist. The married couple live in Duluth. Ollie was the 2008 winner of the Tassie McNamara Award for Student Service, the highest honor given to a member of the College's faculty or staff by read more »




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ED CRAWFORD '78
05/13/2013

Ed Crawford is Assistant Superintendent for the Duluth Public Schools and serves on the Board of Trustees at the College. He formerly was the principal of Denfeld High School. In 2009 he was named the Northeast Division Principal of the Year. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology read more »




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JESSICA DURBIN '98
05/13/2013

Jessica Durbin is an attorney with Johnson, Killen & Seiler in Duluth. She graduated with highest honors from the College and received her law degree in 2001 from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Justice Harry A. Blackmun Scholar. She was the recipient of the College's Young Alumni read more »




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DIANE TRAN '06
05/13/2013

Diane Tran has extensive involvement in community organizing and advocacy work on behalf of social and public policy issues. She works at Grassroots Solutions, a national consulting firm specializing in organizing, strategy, training and evaluation for nonprofit and labor groups, companies and political campaigns. She managed an education and advocacy read more »




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LINDA KLOSS '68
05/13/2013

Linda Kloss is a longtime supporter of the College and a former member of the Board of Trustees. She served as CEO of the American Health Information Management Association from 1995 to 2010, overseeing a period of unprecedented growth for the professional society of 60,000 health information management professionals worldwide. read more »




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BOB SCHROEDER '75
05/13/2013

Bob Schroeder is a member of the College's Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Enrollment Management Market Development Committee. He is President and CEO of Warehouse Specialists Inc., based in Appleton, WI, one of the largest warehousing and logistics companies in North America. The company has more than read more »




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JOHN F. LAFORGE
05/13/2013

John F. LaForge began his career as a radio announcer in Ironwood, MI, and rose through the ranks to become executive vice president and general manager of KDLH-TV in Duluth. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College and as a leader of the St. Scholastica read more »




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MARY IVES '12
05/13/2013

Mary Ives is chair of the College's Board of Trustees. She is a St. Scholastica graduate and a self-employed businesswoman in Grand Rapids working in the housing and lodging industry. She serves on the Minnesota Higher Education Facility Authority. She also serves on the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land read more »




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SHIRLEY EICHENWALD-MAKI '67
05/13/2013

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Shirley Eichenwald-Maki was a longtime assistant professor in St. Scholastica's Department of Health Information Management. She began her involvement in formal HIM education in 1974, when she joined the staff of the department, also serving as department chair from 1984 to 1992. She left to work in the HIM industry read more »




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CHANDRA MEHROTRA
05/13/2013

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Chandra Mehrotra is dean of special projects and visiting professor of psychology at the College. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America. He received St. Scholastica's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1979 and the Inspiration Award in 2010. He directs faculty training programs read more »




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PAUL STEIN
05/13/2013

Paul Stein is a professor and chairman of the Chemistry and Physical Science Department at the College, where he has taught for more than three decades. In addition to biochemistry, general chemistry and physical chemistry classes, he teaches an honors course, Great Ideas of Science, which is a discussion-based class read more »




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CARL GAWBOY
05/13/2013

Carl Gawboy is a prominent American Indian artist and a retired longtime instructor of American Indian Studies at the College. He was born in Cloquet and grew up in Ely. He is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. His art, mostly paintings in watercolors read more »




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BARB KING
05/13/2013

Barb King is program director of the American Indian Studies Department at the College. Before joining St. Scholastica's faculty in 1985 she taught at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Throughout her career, she has maintained close ties to and served as a resource for the American Indian communities she has read more »




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KELLY FISCHER '64
05/13/2013

Kelly Fischer is a former member of the Board of Trustees and also won the 2003 Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award, which recognizes dedication to St. Scholastica and community. She has served on the Alumni Board and as its president. She operates KFischer Consulting of Wausau, WI, which provides leadership, read more »




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JANET ROSEN
05/05/2013

Janet Rosen joined the College in 1980 and serves as the associate vice president for College Advancement. As head of the office of foundation and government relations, she works with faculty, staff, administration and students to secure grant support that maximizes educational opportunities for the St. Scholastica community and regional read more »




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JOHN LABOSKY
05/05/2013

John Labosky is a member of the College's Board of Trustees and was a leader in the major expansion of the Science Center. An executive with experience in architecture, engineering and law, he formed and led the Capital City Partnership, to revitalize the urban core of St. Paul. He also read more »




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SISTER ALICE LAMB
05/05/2013

Sister Alice Lamb, an internationally known botanist, taught at the College for over 50 years. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Among the many leadership positions she held at the College were as registrar, academic dean read more »




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SISTER JOHNETTA MAHER '45
05/05/2013

Sister Johnetta Maher graduated from the College in 1945 with a degree in home economics, and received her master's degree in education from St. Louis University. Before joining the College's faculty, she taught home economics at both Stanbrook and Cathedral high schools. She became an associate professor in the College's read more »




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SISTER KATHARINE MCCARTHY
05/05/2013

Sister Katharine McCarthy, along with Mother Agnes Somers, was largely responsible for the founding of the College and for its evolution to a four-year institution. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and her master's from Columbia University. She was sent to study at Catholic read more »




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SISTER ROSE O'DONNELL
05/05/2013

Sister Rose O'Donnell personified the value of the love of learning. Unlike most of the Sisters who built up the College, she did not receive her bachelor's degree here, but at Catholic University in Washington DC. She earned two master's degrees; one from Catholic University and one from Columbia University, read more »




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WINNIFRED "WINNIE" WINKELMAN '51
05/05/2013

Winnifred "Winnie" Winkelman is a retired history professor at the College. She was the 2006 recipient of the Inspiration Award, which honors a faculty or staff member who has made a significant impact on students' lives. She taught at the College for 32 years. " I was privileged to have read more »




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PATRICK SCHILTZ '81
05/05/2013

  U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz's legal career has taken him to the highest levels of American jurisprudence. The Duluth native received his undergraduate degree in history from the College in 1981. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and was a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia read more »




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DANIEL SEELER '82
05/05/2013

Daniel Seeler is president, CEO and co-founder of Midwest Industrial Coatings, Inc., a privately held coatings distribution company based in Shakopee, MN. He earned his baccalaureate degree in business administration from the College in 1982 and serves on its Board of Trustees. He has established the Daniel Seeler Management Scholarship read more »




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MAYME SEVANDER
05/05/2013

Mayme Sevander was a key player in making Duluth's Sister City relationship with Petrozavodsk, Russia, work. She was a teacher, historian and writer who chronicled the lives of American Finns such as she and her family, who moved to Soviet Russia in the 1920s and 1930s hoping to help build read more »




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ANDREW THELANDER '03
05/05/2013

Andrew Thelander is a former president of the Alumni Association and has served on the Colleges Board of Trustees. In 2011 he received the Young Alumni Award, presented annually to a distinguished graduate age 40 or younger. He was a four-year member of the mens basketball team. He earned an read more »




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DANA TOPOUSIS '90
05/05/2013

Dana Topousis is acting director for public affairs at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelor's degree in business and communications from the College, where she was editor of the Cable. She also earned a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. She was a read more »




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JOHN SCHIFSKY
05/05/2013

John Schifsky began teaching at the College in 1969 and retired as an Emeritus Professor in 2010. An English Department faculty member, he served two terms as department chair, and also was chair of the humanities division. He received the Max H. Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence and the Sears-Roebuck read more »




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JAY MITCHELL '78
05/05/2013

Jay Mitchell received a bachelor's degree in business administration and psychology from The College of St. Scholastica in 1978. He went on to earn a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. He worked in the public and private sectors, holding various senior positions in healthcare and human services read more »




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TOM CARTIER '73
05/04/2013

Tom Cartier is chairman and founder of Cartier Agency Inc., insurance agency in Duluth. He is a 1973 graduate and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the College. He has supported the Saints men's hockey team, for which he played, and was a member of the group read more »




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SISTER OLIVIA GOWAN '25
05/04/2013

Sister Olivia Gowan graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in 1912. Only four years later, she became the administrator of the hospital. Under her administration, St. Mary's became one of the first 80 hospitals to be certified by the American College of Surgeons. She received her bachelor of science read more »




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SUSAN MUKAVITZ KRAMER '71
05/04/2013

Susan Mukavitz Kramer is a 1971 graduate of the College and was the 1989 recipient of the Sister Alice Lamb Award for outstanding career achievement. She is Vice President of Product Development at XOMA, a biotechnology company in Berkeley, CA. As a biopharmaceutical executive she has focused on developing new read more »




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WILLIAM M. BURNS
05/03/2013

William M. Burns is an attorney at Duluth's Hanft Fride law firm. He served on the College's Board of Trustees from 1976-88, with a stint as chair, and again from 1995-2004. He holds Trustee Emeritus status. He received his baccalaureate and law degrees, both with honors, from the University of read more »




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SISTER MARY ODILE CAHOON
05/03/2013

Sister Mary Odile Cahoon attended the College and went on to earn two master's degrees from DePaul University and her doctorate in biology from the University of Toronto. During her 50-year career at the College she taught biology, served as department and division chair, Academic Dean, and lastly served as read more »




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AREND SANDBULTE
04/19/2013

Arend J. "Sandy" Sandbulte's relationship with St. Scholastica dates to 1979, when he joined the Board of Trustees. He served until 1991, including a term as chairman, with active roles in fundraising and the updating of the College's library and chapel spaces. He has remained an active supporter of the read more »




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BRUCE STENDER
04/19/2013

Bruce Stender was the College's first lay president. During his tenure (1975-1981) he oversaw the College's first capital campaign (the Scholastica Adventure), which generated $8.2 million, funding the construction of the Reif Recreation Center, completed in 1979. The first Reif Run, a Mayfest tradition, was held at the dedication of read more »




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DANIEL PILON
04/19/2013

Daniel Pilon's long tenure as president (1981-1998) was a period of significant expansion at the College, both in terms of building and in an increase in student enrollment. To accomodate the influx of students, Maple, Birch, and Willow apartments were built and Somers Hall and the Science building were expanded. read more »




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SISTER MARY RICHARD BOO '51
04/19/2013

Sister Mary Richard served as president of the College from 1967-1971, a period of significant change. Construction of the Science Center was completed in 1969, the same year the College officially became co-educational. President Boo also facilitated the evolution of Lay Advisory Board into the Board of Trustees, which held read more »




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LINDA VAN ETTA '72
04/19/2013

Dr. Linda Van Etta, a member of the College's Board of Trustees, is an infectious diseases specialist at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She earned her baccalaureate degree at the College and her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She completed her residency at Abbot read more »




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ALBERT NEPHEW
04/19/2013

Al Nephew's tenure as a philosophy professor at The College of St. Scholastica is rivaled only by his longstanding participation in the annual Reif run on campus. A perennially popular classroom figure, he has been teaching at the College since 1970 and is former chairman of the Philosophy department. He read more »




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FRED DE SAM LAZARO '81
04/19/2013

Fred de Sam Lazaro graduated from the College in 1981 and is a former member of the Board of Trustees. He has served as a correspondent with "The PBS NewsHour" since 1985 and is regular contributor and substitute anchor for the PBS "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" show. He directs the read more »




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MARJORIE ALPERN '41
04/19/2013

Quietly but persistently, Marjorie Oreck Alpern has reflected the Benedictine values of the College by supporting the mission and works of the school through generous philanthropy. Along with her late husband, Robert, she has regularly given to support education programs, building campaigns and unrestricted philanthropic initiatives. Their support has included read more »




HISTORY JOURNAL
STANBROOK HALL
02/03/2012

Stanbrook Hall was constructed during Mother Agnes Somers' great building project in 1937, along with Rockhurst Hall, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel and the Library. This project was started during the depths of the Great Depression, and it is a testament to Sr. Somers' vision for the future that read more »




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GIVING BACK: THE THANKSGIVING BUFFET
11/23/2011

This Thursday will mark the 22nd occurrence of the annual Thanksgiving Buffet. When Superior resturanteur Dan Cohen first came up with the idea to offer free meals to the homeless, the hungry, the elderly and the alone on Thanksgiving Day in 1990 he wasn't thinking two decades down the road. read more »




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SPIRIT OF BENEDICT: ST. SCHOLASTICA'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO
11/01/2011

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St. Scholastica celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1987. The school commissioned a video to look at the past, present and future of the institiution. The video has some great archival images of the school's early days, as well as many interviews with prominent faculty and staff members from the mid-eighties. read more »




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IN HONOR OF SR. MARY ODILE CAHOON
10/05/2011

Sr. Mary Odile Cahoon shares her thoughts on the Benedictine values Sr. Mary O. gives a lecture on Charles Darwin and evolution Local news coverage of Sr. Mary O. sharing her thoughts about Will Steger's 1995 Trans-Antarctic expedition I never had the pleasure of meeting Sr. Mary Odile Cahoon in read more »




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REMEMBERING ST. SCHOLASTICA
09/19/2011

The video below was created from recordings made at a reunion in the 1980s. St. Scholastica graduates share stories about their favorite teachers, the weaving of the standards, living in Tower Hall, and how important St. Scholastica was to their life. My favorite story is about a former prefect and read more »




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NO BARRIERS: THE ENCORE PROGRAM AT ST. SCHOLASTICA
08/29/2011

St. Scholastica has a long tradition of educating non-traditional students. The ENCORE! program was launched 30 years ago, in the fall of 1981. It grew out of adult degree programs that St. Scholastica had started in the 1970s and was open to anyone over 23 or out of school for read more »




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A REMARKABLE GROUP OF WOMEN
08/25/2011

In 1900, women were still 20 years away from being legally allowed to vote in elections, run for public office or serve on juries. Their economic freedom was severly limited and often tied to their marital status, and, through the institution, to their husband. Career options were limited. Women primarily read more »




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SISTER JOAN BRAUN '43
08/08/2011

Sister Joan served as interim president of the College in 1974 and '75, between the tenures of the Rev. F.X. Shea and Bruce Stender. In that time she oversaw the establishment of Minnesota Public  Radio in northeastern Minnesota, which broadcast from Tower Hall. Among her other important roles at the read more »




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RICHARD TESKE SPEAKS ON HEALTH CARE POLICY, 1985
08/01/2011

One of the biggest political debates over the past few years (and likely the next few as well) is over the role of the federal government should play in health care. The passage of the Affordable Care Act brought this subject to the forefront of public conversation, but it's a read more »




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CONSTRUCTION OF CEDAR HALL
07/07/2011

Cedar Hall opened in the fall of 2004 and provides apartment housing for sophomore, junior and senior students. Cedar Hall units house four students and include a living room, two good-sized bedrooms, kitchen, dining area and full bath. Here's a great time-lapse video of the construction of Cedar Hall. Enjoy! read more »




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CANCER RESEARCH AT ST. SCHOLASTICA
06/15/2011

Click to enlarge In the spring of 1946, St. Scholastica opened a cancer research lab in conjunction with Institutum Divi Thomae in Cincinnati, OH. The Institutum Divi Thomae was a scientific research center organized by Rev. John T. McNicholas, Archbishop of Cleveland, for graduate students preparing to do specialized research. read more »




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SISTER ANN EDWARD SCANLON '34
06/09/2011

Sister Ann Edward Scanlon served as the fifth president of the College, from 1960 to 1967. It was a period of significant transition, including the legal separation of the College from the Monastery. She oversaw the construction of Somers Hall and the doubling of the size of the library. She read more »




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DR. PETER BARTZEN
06/09/2011

Dr. Peter Bartzen served on the Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1982, including as chair from 1972 to 1976. He helped lead the Scholastica Adventure capital campaign, which raised $11 million. "These years were a time of significant transition for the College and for the Board of Trustees," noted read more »




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THE WEAVING OF THE STANDARDS
04/28/2011

"The traditional weaving of the College standard will climax activities for the seniors when they assemble on the East campus of the College to observe Class Day June 7.  "The standard symbolizes the outward expression of the ideals of the College. The colors of the College, purple symbolizing dignity, and read more »




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THE BRAEGELMAN SISTERS
04/25/2011

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From left to right: Sister Bernice, Sister Benedicta, and Sister Athanasius Braegelman. The College's program in Catholic Studies was endowed by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in honor of three women who were blood sisters and vowed members of the Benedictine community. Sister Benedicta Braegelman taught elementary school. read more »




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THE REV. FRANCIS X. SHEA
04/25/2011

Originally from Boston, the Rev. Francis X. Shea was the first male president of the College (1971-74) and the first non-Benedictine (he was a Jesuit). With the influx of male students still a new phenomenon, he sought to strengthen campus community.  He began the traditions of the all-school Christmas party read more »




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PETER AND ANNA KERST
04/15/2011

Peter and Anna Kerst were the parents of Mother Scholastica Kerst and Sister Alexia Kerst. They came to America in 1852 from Prussia and settled in St. Paul, where they purchased 540 acres of land whose ever-increasing value became a source of wealth. The Kersts were very generous to the read more »




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SISTER JOSELYN BALDESCHWEILER
04/15/2011

Sister Joselyn Baldeschweiler was the first president of the College who was not also prioress of the Monastery. She had been the chair of the College's English department before being appointed president by Mother Martina Hughes. Sister Joselyn joined the St. Scholastica faculty in 1947, established a creative writing society read more »




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THE SKYLINE SINGERS
04/05/2011

The Skyline Singers were a select group of singers active from the 1940's through the 1980's. They performed regularly on campus and toured the iron range, Ohio, South Dakota, Michigan and Canada. The Skyline Singers were broadcast regularly on WEBC radio in Duluth in the 40's and 50's. In the read more »




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MARILYN KOERING '60
03/28/2011

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Marilyn Koering came to the College intending to be a nurse, but found she preferred studying anatomy. She went on to become an esteemed researcher and professor of anatomy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was the first woman to win that school's Distinguished Teaching Award, and conducted read more »




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THE SCRIPTORIUM
03/18/2011

Isn't that a great name? It sounds like a great, echo-y building that houses the collected knowledge of the ancient world, like the library of Alexandria. It's also the name of St. Scholastica's first student newspaper. The first issue was published on January 13, 1932, and it published weekly through read more »




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TOM MORGAN
03/18/2011

Tom Morgan has strengthened the College's international outreach, and its examination of issues of peace and justice, for over 20 years. An associate professor of Russian, he founded the College's sister relationship with the Karelian Pedagogical Institute in Petrozavodsk, Russia, as well as the Russian-American language camp that in alternate read more »




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SISTER PATRICIA THIBADEAU '33
03/09/2011

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In 1919 Sister Patricia Thibadeau was tasked with establishing the first medical record department at St. Mary's Hospital. In 1926 she became the administrator of St. Mary's, but her interest in medical records remained. She presented a plan for a medical record librarian program at St. Mary's in conjunction with read more »




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FRANCES LAVINE
03/09/2011

Frances Lavine was the first non-monastic woman on the College's Board of Trustees. An energetic civic activist and president of Lavine Newspaper Group, she continued to serve the College long past her stint as a Trustee. She was a benefactor to the St. Scholastica library and created several scholarships for read more »




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A FALL TOUR OF CAMPUS
02/24/2011

Hello! I'm back. The history journal has been on hiatus for the past month or so while I've acclimated to the joys of fatherhood. Up until this point, we've been talking about people and events from over a century ago. My goal with this column is to tie St. Scholastica's read more »




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BOB BRENNING
02/23/2011

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Bob Brenning was an influential teacher of religious studies and ethics, known as a mentor to many students and community members. He began teaching full-time at the College in 1972, and in 1991 won the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award sponsored by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation. He described his teaching read more »




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GERALD CIZADLO
02/17/2011

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Biology Professor Gerald "Doc C" Cizadlo is a perennial favorite of students despite the challenging academic scope of his courses. He is known internationally for his podcasts of lectures; they have ranked in the top 25 of educational podcasts on iTunes. "About two-thirds of the way through the year, " read more »




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SISTER MONICA LAUGHLIN '44
02/17/2011

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Sister Monica Laughlin is one of the longest serving faculty members in the College's history. She taught music for 56 years and, post-retirement, remains active in the College's music library as a mentor to music faculty and students. She performed in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, served on the Symphony Board, read more »




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RUMBIDZAI SITHOLE '08
02/17/2011

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Rumbidzai Sithole graduated cum laude with a major in International Policy and Management and a minor in Women's Studies. She was a Webster Scholar, founded United for Africa, was a Student Senator and completed six internships, including two with the Clinton Foundation as well as with the Duluth Area Chamber read more »




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MANLEY "MONNIE" GOLDFINE
02/17/2011

Manley "Monnie" Goldfine served on the Board of Trustees from 1985 through 1996, and as chair from 1990 to 1993. During his leadership the St. Scholastica Promise campaign built the Mitchell Auditorium and significantly increased the College's endowment. In 1997 he was given Trustee Emeritus status. A Duluth businessman, he read more »




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THE CASTLE ON THE HILL
01/14/2011

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Tower Hall is an imposing, regal structure. If you have a good set of eyes (or a serviceable substitute, like binoculars) and know where to look, you can see it from Lake Superior. I was out on a fishing boat last summer with a few friends and I looked up read more »




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VICKI BOYER (BROWN) '73
01/12/2011

Playing football during orientation, 1970 Orientation, 1970 Orientation, 1970 Orientation, 1970 Graduation, 1973 read more »




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THE REV. JOHN WHITNEY "WHIT" EVANS
01/11/2011

The Rev. John Whitney "Whit" Evans was a faculty member in the departments of Religious Studies and History from 1973 to 1998. He also worked as archivist for the College and the Diocese of Duluth, as well as serving as a priest at St. Scholastica Monastery, the Benedictine Health Center read more »




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THE DAISY FARM
01/07/2011

As the 19th century turned into the 20th, the Duluth Benedictine Sisters were once again outgrowing their space. They had previously operated a school and lived at Munger Terrance , but had quickly out grown the space. In 1904, they moved to the Sacred Heart Institute at 3rd Ave. and read more »




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PATRICIA ANN SEVEAN '92
01/05/2011

I came down to the School of Nursing in 1990 and met with Dr. Frances Schall and she spent 2 hours with me mapping out how I could accomplish my dream of a Master's in Nursing. In the fall I started my biweekly trip to Scholastica from Thunder Bay, a read more »




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SISTER TIMOTHY KIRBY '39
01/04/2011

Over seven decades, Sister Timothy Kirby's roles at the College included teaching, serving as dean of students, and working in campus ministry and alumni relations. She led the Lenten prayer card initiative, through which the Sisters pray for more than 1,000 alumni annually. In 1994 the College established the Sister read more »




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FROM THE ARCHIVES: BE KIND TO DOORS
01/02/2011

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Once a month, I'd like to feature an article, image, or something else of interest from our awesome publication archives. If you come across something that you'd like me to feature here, please email me at centennial@css.edu . December's selection is from the February 8, 1933 edition of The Scriptorium read more »




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JEANETTE METZ (TRETTEL) '48
12/29/2010

Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, 1949 I remember the beautiful chapel where I attended daily mass as much as possible while a freshman. Later I lived in the Nurses' Quarters near St. Mary's Hospital and would attend the 6 o'clock a.m. mass in their small chapel which would get read more »




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SISTER CONSTANTINA KAKONYI
12/28/2010

Sister Constantina Kakonyi, a native of Hungary, lived in Minnesota from 1950 until 1994, when she returned to Hungary. While at St. Scholastica she divided her time between teaching and creating art. Her works included prints, large oil paintings and works in enamel, copper and other materials. Her subject matter read more »




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THE GREY SWEATER
12/23/2010

Through the hard work of our archivist Heidi Johnson (and other's, I'm certain), St. Scholastica is blessed with a digital publications archive , a wealth of information, stories, old advertisements, and a look at life at the school from days gone by. In honor of the Christmas holiday that is read more »




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KATHLEEN LATOUR '68
12/22/2010

Kathleen LaTour is an assistant professor and chair of the Healthcare Informatics and Information Management department. She was selected as the Distinguished Member of MHIMA in 1992 and served as a member of AHIMA's Board of Directors from 1993 to 1997. She participated in the development of the AHIMA Model read more »




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BARBARA FOSTER (POWER) '48
12/22/2010

Freshman class at St. Scholastica, ready to go downtown. December 1944.  Left to right: Mary Connell (Mahlum) '49, Barbara Foster (Power) '48, Jean Metze (Babin) '48, Therese Chlebowski (Mazanec) '48, Muriel Baril (Eddy) '49, Helen Byron (Sterk) '48, Shirley McCarthy '48, Mary McGillivray (Madigan) '49. Dyeing eggs at Easter with read more »




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THE GREAT DIVIDE
12/16/2010

Mother Aloysia and others at Minnehaha Falls, 1880 In 1890, Mother Scholastica Kerst was replaced as prioress of St. Benedict's by Mother Aloysia Bath . The election was heated, and it reopened old wounds. Mother Scholastica had been a strong leader for St. Ben's, but her decisiveness and quick action made read more »




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DYLAN KESTI '10
12/14/2010

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Dylan Kesti was one of 60 young scholars selected from across the country to present research at the National Council of Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C. He presented "An analysis of the effectiveness of two USAID agricultural projects in rural Zambia." At St. Scholastica he served as chair of the read more »




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RILLA OPELT (DEBOT) '61
12/14/2010

"I took violin lessons from Sister Wilfred from 3rd grade through 9th grade, so I tell everyone that I've been going to CSS for over 50 years. I graduated in 1961 for my B.A. and 1988 for my M.A. and in 1970 I received my elementary teacher certification from CSS. read more »




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IN THE BEGINNING. . .
12/10/2010

In the beginning, there was nothing. Or very little, at least. Duluth was a busted town, unincorporated after financier Jay Cooke's banking empire collapsed in 1873 and most of the jobs and people moved away. A few thousand hardy souls clung to the rocks, eking out a living until the read more »




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MOTHER SCHOLASTICA KERST
12/10/2010

Mother Scholastica Kerst's vision and drive led to the founding of The College of St. Scholastica. "My dream," she said, "is that someday there will rise upon these grounds fine buildings like the great Benedictine abbeys. They will be built of stone; within their walls higher education will flourish." She read more »




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JACK TESKE
12/10/2010

Jack Teske has been involved in the Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet since its inception in Superior in 1990. He joined St. Scholastica's food service in 1995 and encouraged College volunteers to help lead the Buffet. Soon the College was the event's sponsor. Today, the Buffet serves over 5,000 free meals read more »




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GLADYS SWANSON
12/10/2010

Gladys "Swanny" Swanson was the College's physical education director from 1931 to 1969. She is described by former students and coworkers as "strong," "commanding" and "a spit-fire." In a 1940 edition of the College newspaper the Scriptorium she said: "Education fosters high character in future citizens; physical education aspires likewise read more »




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SHELLEY GRUSKIN
12/10/2010

Shelley Gruskin achieved international recognition as a performer of early music and as an educator. He initiated the re-birth of several early instruments, including Renaissance flutes, krummhorns, rauschpfeifes, and historical bagpipes. He was president of the American Recorder Society for eight years and received its Distinguished Achievement Award in 1991. read more »




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MOTHER AGNES SOMERS
12/10/2010

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Mother Agnes Somers was The College of St. Scholastica's first president and served the longest tenure (1924 to 1942). She established the practice of the Monastery prioress serving as the College's president. Known as "the Builder," she oversaw the completion of Tower Hall and connected it via enclosed cloister walks read more »




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JOHN BAGGS
12/10/2010

John Baggs was St. Scholastica's winningest coach in any sport. Head baseball coach from 1992 to 2009, he built the team into a national powerhouse on the NCAA Division III level. He had a .735 winning percentage and missed only one game in 17 seasons. He was only 24 years read more »




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SISTER MARY CHARLES MCGOUGH '50
12/10/2010

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Sister Mary Charles McGough was head of the St. Scholastica Art Department from 1959 to 1967. Through her long and productive art career she gained international recognition for her woodcuts, meditative sacred paintings, icons, and works in other media. She designed and carved St. Scholastica's Peace Doors as well as read more »




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MOTHER MARTINA HUGHES '35
12/10/2010

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Sister Martina Hughes was the renowned head of the College's music department from 1931 to 1954, when she then became Mother Martina Hughes, serving as prioress from 1954 to 1960 and 1966 to 1972. During her first term, as both prioress of the Monastery and president of the College, she read more »




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A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
11/10/2010

Welcome to St. Scholastica's Centennial History blog. Over the next 18-20 months, I'll be exploring St. Scholastica's rich history and traditions with a weekly post. Who am I and what am I doing? My name is Aaron Richner, and I work in College Communications. I write, gather, and organize content read more »




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SHARE YOUR MEMORIES
11/10/2010

We're looking for memories of St. Scholastica, and we'd like to collect them here. It doesn't matter if you graduated in 1937, 2007, or last spring, we want to hear what made your experience at St. Scholastica something special. What are we looking for? We are looking for photos, videos, read more »



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