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A Century of Saints

A Century of Saints

This honor roll's 100 entries recognize people who made significant contributions to the progress of St. Scholastica in its first century. Congratulations and thank you, Saints!


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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 »


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 »


  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 »



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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »



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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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 »


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 »


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 »



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 »


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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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