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St. Kate's returns to the Great Minnesota Get-Together

Grab a fan and a photo at St. Kate's booth in the education building.
Grab a fan and a photo at St. Kate's booth in the education building.
Photo by Maria Ignacio ’13

St. Catherine University is pleased to be exhibiting at the Minnesota State Fair again this year. Before partaking in your favorite food-on-a-stick, be sure to stop by our booth in the Education Building for a visit.

Wear your St. Kate’s apparel to make sure the University has a presence throughout the Fair. Be sure to snap a photo, share a memory of your time at St. Kate’s and post on your favorite social media platform with the hashtags #StKatesonaStick and #MNStateFair.

The popular Katie fan returns as this year's give-away (at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.). There will be an easy opportunity to update your contact information and share your St. Kate’s story at the booth — and a special gift for alumnae who take time to share their email addresses and Twitter handles.

St. Kate’s boasts a double-sized booth this year with the addition of a Katie Lounge where faculty and staff experts will offer informal salons on an array of topics.

Currently scheduled in the Katie Lounge:

  • “Katies Care” — Friday, August 22 at 2 p.m. with Martha Malinski, director of the Center for Community, Work and Learning. Learn more about how St. Kate’s students are making a difference in Twin Cities communities.
  • “Geo/Culture Quiz” — Friday, August 22 at 3 p.m. with Raine de Campeau, assistant director for the Office of Global Studies. Think you know your way around the globe? The Office of Global Studies challenges you to take our Geo/Culture quiz. Win a prize if you can get 5 answers correct in a row.
  • “St. Catherine University, an engaged campus” — Friday, August 22 at 4 p.m. with Martha Malinski, director of the Center for Community, Work and Learning. Hear about the ways in which St. Kate's is embodying its social justice mission by infusing civic engagement throughout its work.
  • “Green is the New Black” — Saturday, August 23 at 3 p.m. with Anupama Pasricha and Trudy Landgren, faculty in the Apparel, Merchandising and Design program. What does sustainable fashion mean to you? Pasricha and Landgren will offer fun facts, trivia and test your eco-fashion acumen.
  • “Geo/Culture Quiz” — Monday, August 25 at 6 and 8 p.m. with Catherine Spaeth, assistant director for the Office of Global Studies. Think you know your way around the globe? The Office of Global Studies challenges you to take our Geo/Culture quiz. Win a prize if you can get 5 answers correct in a row.
  • "An Autumn of Artwork" — Wednesday, August 27, 1–5 p.m. with Kathy Daniels ’73, director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery.

    Meet and greet with Gallery Director Kathy Daniels, who will highlight The Friends of the Gallery events, trips and the upcoming fall shows: Near and Far Contemporary Landscape Paintings; Adé Bethune: The Power of One Person; and The Great Mother of Islam, Hend al–Mansour and Leili Tajadod–Prichet.
  • "When Hogwarts Came to St. Kate's: Making Magic in the Classroom” —Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m. with English and Women Studies Professor Cecilia Konchar Farr, Jenny McDougal ’08 and Kate Glassman ’10.

    Students have been responsive to learning the tools of literary analysis when those tools are turned on the Harry Potter novels. The result has been both a rollicking good time talking about books — and playing Quidditch, celebrating Voldemort Defeat Day, enjoying "Weasley Family Dinners"— but also some powerful student essays and innovative group projects. McDougal and Glassman are contributing editors on Konchar Farr’s book, A Wizard of Their Age: Critical Essays from the Harry Potter Generation, due out January 2015.

Alphabet Forest

Beyond the booth

St. Kate’s community is also involved in the following State Fair events and initiatives:

  • STEM Day at the Fair, August 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carousel Park. St. Kate’s National Center for STEM Elementary Education is part of the organizational team. There will be a variety of hands-on activities throughout the day and STEM brochures are available.
  • Eco Fashion Show: Sustainable Fashion for Everyone, August 23,  noon and 1 p.m. in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue. Minnesota Pollution Control agency invited the Apparel, Merchandising and Design Department to the showcase its fashions at its Eco Experience exhibit hall.
  • St. Kate's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) alumna Laura Morlock ’04, MLIS’11 is this year’s project coordinator for Alphabet Forest, open 9 a.m.–8 p.m. daily in Baldwin Park. Members from the MLIS program’s ALA student chapter are volunteering August 28, and the Beta Phi Mu International Library & Information Studies Honor Society is scheduled to volunteer August 31. Interested in volunteering at the Alphabet Forest? Sign up here.

The Great Minnesota Get-Together draws more than 1.7 million people over the course of 12 days — and boasts the highest average daily attendance of any state fair nationwide. The 2014 event runs from Thursday, August 21, through Labor Day (September 1).

Related content:

Minnesota State Fair map

Aug. 13, 2014 by Sharon Rolenc

See also: Alumnae/i, Arts, Education, Faculty, Leadership, Liberal Arts, STEM, Students