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Awards and accomplishments celebrated at the 2013 Alumnae Annual meeting

The 2013 Alumnae Award winners honored at the May 20 Annual Meeting, from left: Barb Schultz Prokop '77, Laurel Trimbo '61 and Cathy Clifford Brennan '70.
The 2013 Alumnae Award winners honored at the May 20 Annual Meeting, from left: Barb Schultz Prokop '77, Laurel Trimbo '61 and Cathy Clifford Brennan '70.
Rebecca Zenefski '10

Nearly 200 alumnae gathered May 20 at the Annual Meeting and Alumnae Awards Celebration to learn about current programs and accomplishments and how they can continue to be effective "brand ambassadors" for their alma mater.

President Andrea Lee, IHM, shared highlights from the past academic year, including the continued growth in the Summer Scholars faculty-student research initiative and the successful accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in February.

Attendees also applauded the 2013 Alumnae Award winners —Cathy Clifford Brennan ’70, Barb Schultz Prokop ’77 and Laurel Trimbo ’61.

In her remarks, President Lee thanked alumnae for their leadership and involvement with St. Catherine University and underscored their impact in the local community.

“Seventy-five percent of St. Kate’s 38,000 alumnae live in Minnesota — contributing to our economy, to the health of our population and to the education of our children. They are parenting the next generation of Minnesotans. In addition, St. Catherine University mints about 1,500 new taxpayers each year — women and men who are well prepared to make a difference in our state and our society,” she said.

The event highlighted some of the year's accomplishments by Alumnae Relations and its 10 Alumnae Council committees, including:

  • Over 3,200 people attended 49 Twin Cities events., including signature celebrations like Reunion, Home for the Holidays, Conversation with Books and the Shout Out St. Kate's Day Fashion Show at the Mall of America.
  • Nearly 250 alumnae and students volunteered in service together as “Citizen Katies” at 10 nonprofits across the Twin Cities.
  • 128 chapter leaders in 24 active chapters engaged hundreds of alumnae.
  • Over 940 handwritten notecards were written to prospective students.

The evening’s program also featured an information fair highlighting the work of the Alumnae Council committees and a silent auction that raised nearly $3,000 to fund programming and events that connect alumnae and students.

The event marked the second full year that Alumnae Relations has been part of the external relations division at the University.

Related link: 2013 Alumnae Award winner profiles

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May 21, 2013 by Sharon Rolenc

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