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This and That
from the Spring 2006 Times magazine

Alums at the Great Wall

Saints Explore China

Forty St. Scholastica travelers – alumni, family members and friends – explored China March 9-21 on a tour organized by the Alumni Association. The group visited four cities and many famous Chinese sights, including the Great Wall and the terra cotta warriors. 'We shivered in the cold in the north and brushed off snowflakes,' said Beth Pokela, executive director of Alumni Relations. "We wore light clothing in the south. We strolled through friendly streets and busy marketplaces. We felt the frustration of not knowing Mandarin Chinese, and communicated with facial expressions, gestures, and written bargaining numbers." The group was overwhelmed by the magnitude of a country of 3.1 billion people that is addressing problems of population and air and water pollution.

The travelers enjoyed each other’s company and their shared adventure. To see more photos of the China trip, visit the Alumni Association Web site at http://alumni.css.edu. The next Alumni Association trip will be announced soon on the Web site – check it out!

Sister Janelle Cahoon

The Passing of Sister Janelle Cahoon

Sister Janelle Cahoon ’46, who was a faculty member at the College for more than 40 years, died April 20 in Duluth. She was 83 years old. “Sister Janelle was our beloved colleague,” said President Larry Goodwin, “and she touched many, many lives over the decades. Her cheer and warmth greatly enriched our community.”

Sister Janelle began her teaching career in 1947 at Stanbrook Hall as teacher of religion to high school girls. She joined the faculty of the College in 1955, teaching theology and sociology for more than 40 years. After her retirement she continued to work with students until shortly before her death.

She earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from St. Scholastica in 1946; a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame in 1954; and a doctorate in sociology from Fordham University in 1963. She did additional graduate study at St. Louis University and at Argonne National Laboratory.

After receiving her doctorate Sister Janelle concentrated on teaching sociology at St. Scholastica and from 1959 to 1980 served as chair of the Sociology/Social Work Department. She received the Lavine Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990 and was awarded the title of professor emerita in 1993.

Sister Janelle served on the Duluth Community Action Program Board, the Board of Woodland Hills, the Catholic Social Services Board, the Duluth Schools Human Relations Advisory Committee, and the Group Services Task Force for United Way.

She is survived by, among others, her sister Sister Mary Odile Cahoon ’51.

Lifelong Learning Luncheon

Alum Group in Duluth Alums, families and friends gathered for a lifelong learning luncheon presentation in Duluth on March 2. Assistant professor of Educational Media and Technology Marie Kelsey (seated, lower right) gave a presentation on her recently published book “Ulysses S. Grant, a Bibliography,” which earned praise nationally.

Mardi Gras partyCarrie Taylor, McNair Scholar program coordinator at the College, and Sister Armella Oblak ’57 were among the crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras social at the Monastery in February.

Editor’s note: The following letter from the daughter of a 1949 alum is testimony to the power of a photograph. The brochures – the cover of which is shown at bottom – have been sent.

My mother, Muriel Ann Eddy Baril (’49) graduated from St. Scholastica with a nursing degree. She has only the fondest memories of her education and has shared them with her husband and five children over the years. She has been wanting to attend a reunion for several years now and has been unable to.

Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease three years ago. Just two weeks ago we found a very caring Alzheimer’s Unit to care for her at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, MI, just 11 miles from her husband Edward and two daughters and their families.

Reunion brochureThis past weekend my Dad received a brochure in the mail regarding the upcoming reunion. To his amazement and shock, her photograph was on the cover! She is the first sitting on a toboggan with three others, waving. It has tugged dearly at our hearts and would like to share it with my sisters and brother.

Would it be possible for you to mail five copies of the brochure to me? I could pay for any costs incurred to do so. She is so proud of her education and has kept most correspondence from the school for so many years. It’s unbelievable.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.


Trish Burton
Lake Linden, MI

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