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St. Kate’s alumnae annual meeting to celebrate new resources and opportunities

The St. Catherine University's Office of Alumnae Relations will celebrate the first year of its new status within the University at its annual meeting Monday, May 9.

"Bursting Forth" will include a program featuring President Andrea J. Lee, IHM, the deans of the University's four schools and Association President Linda Theis Thrasher '88.

In addition, interactive stations will showcase new alumnae opportunities for career and professional development, lifelong learning and leadership within the association. Information about alumnae chapters and events as well as the University's magazine SCAN and social media will give alumnae new ways to connect with each other and St. Kate's.

Priorities from Deans

Deans of the four schools will each offer three priorities for the coming academic year, giving alumnae present a snapshot of the future St. Catherine University. 

Lifelong Learning and Chautauqua

The traditional Lifelong Learning program offering opportunities for classes with St. Catherine University professors and alumnae experts will display its coming offerings, as well as the new summer Chautauqua. Chautauqua is a completely new series of lectures and programs on campus, which will run August 3 through 12, with a family-friendly Irish Ceili to open the series and a very special closing.

Council of 200

The new centerpiece of Alumnae Relations, the Council of 200 offers leadership opportunities for alumnae in a wide variety of areas including networking/mentoring of students and alumnae, chapters, admissions, fundraising, communications and social media, opportunities for students and recent alumnae, career development, lifelong learning and community service and volunteerism. Besides working with specific areas throughout the academic year, members of the Council will come together once each year to share ideas with each other and with the members of University departments.

Chapters

As each of the 25 to 30 chapters across the United States develops a leadership team, that group will plan to offer more opportunities for getting together and service to the alumnae in the geographic area and the University.

Reunion and Events

Traditional alumnae events take place each year: Memorial Masses, Conversation with Books, Booked for the Evening, wedding celebration and reunions in June, with another celebration on the Minneapolis campus and a festive get-together for the 5 and 10-year classes. Reunions engage dozens of alumnae in planning events and classes and in the special fundraising for gifts that accompany this annual celebration.

SCAN and Communications

Communications that link alumnae to each other and to St. Catherine University are vital to the ongoing strength of both. Specialists with the St. Catherine University Office of Marketing and Communications will visit with alumnae present for the meeting, offering the results of the recent communications survey, plans for future communication strategies and soliciting alumnae opinions.

Career and professional development
St. Kate’s Career Development Office is organizing new services, seminars and networking opportunities for St. Catherine University alumnae. In addition, the Career Development Office is giving alumnae opportunities to return to the St. Kate’s community to share their career advice and mentor students.

As part of the “Year of the Liberal Arts”—a University-wide celebration of the significance of a liberal arts education in today’s global economy—the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the Career Development Office are collaborating to bring liberal arts students and alumnae together for networking and a round-table discussion.

Alumnae are invited to share their career story with liberal arts students Thursday, April 28, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Rauenhorst Hall in Coeur de Catherine on the St. Paul campus, 2004 Randolph Ave.

Alumnae with career stories to share should contact Phyliss Haugen, alumnae career services program coordinator, for more information and to register at pfhaugen@stkate.edu or 651-690-6144 or visit the SHAS Networking site.

Exploring Vocation and Career: Combining Work and Fulfillment and Learning the Tools to Make it Happen
This two-part seminar will be held on Tuesdays, May 3 and 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the University’s student center, Coeur de Catherine, Room 401. Participants will need to commit to attending both sessions. Bring a $10 fee for both sessions by cash or check to the first session.

The workshop will focus on the meaning of vocation, help participants identify and articulate their gifts and interests and share tools to help them transform ideas and possibilities into realities. This discussion based program will use readings, rituals and reflection to help participants articulate ideas and create plans. Practical career planning information will be provided to help individuals take steps towards their achieving their goals.

Pre-registration is required by April 26th. To register or if you have questions, email Tina Wagner with your name, email, phone number, year of graduation and major.

Java and Job Search: Alumnae Career Transition Group
St. Catherine University’s Alumnae Career Transition and Networking Group is up and running and open to alumnae conducting a job search. This group meets each Monday from 10-11:30 a.m. in room 361 of Coeur de Catherine. A new topic is covered every week to address job-seekers needs and concerns. Participants are encouraged to register to determine meeting accommodations. For more information, visit the Career Development Office's Resources for Alumnae.

KatieClick Alumnae
KatieClick Alumnae is the new one-stop shop to connect St. Kate’s students and alums with career resources and the University’s proprietary jobs database. Click on KatieClick Alumnae to set up a free account. Access more than 40,000 jobs posted nationally in a wide variety of fields. Look for jobs posted specifically for St. Kate’s alums, or post jobs to other Katies free of charge.

Want to volunteer career advice? The career office welcomes alumnae who want to be discussion leaders, panelists, guest speakers or mentors and share career advice with students and other alumnae. To volunteer, complete a profile in KatieClick Mentors through KatieClick Alumnae.  

April 8, 2011 by Julie Michener

See also: Alumnae/i, Education, Leadership