Affinity Gatherings

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Affinity Gatherings

What are Affinities?

Affinities are groups formed around a common interest or experience such as faith, ethnicity, academic major or activities. Including affinity groups as part of Alumnae Relations programming allows St. Kate's to honor and celebrate all the connections that Katies make while attending St. Catherine University, not just the bonds formed with members of their graduating class.

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Business and Resource Directory Networking Event

Monday, May 11, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Location: 3rd floor atrium, Coeur de Catherine

Meet alumnae listed in the Online Alumnae Business and Resource Directory and learn more about this alumnae resource. Alumnae Evening with the President will take place following the networking event, alumnae are encouraged to attend both. Contact Kelly Povo for more information.


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Montessori Event: A Celebration of Peace

Sunday, February 22
4:30–5:30 p.m., open house at Advanced Montessori Center in Our Lady of Victory Chapel
5–6:00 p.m., social hour in the 3rd floor atrium at Coeur de Catherine
6–8:00 p.m., dinner and keynote speaker in Rauenhorst Ballroom at Coeur de Catherine

Unite with the Montessori Community by celebrating Montessori Education Week and Dr. Montessori’s Vision of Peace.  Enjoy keynote speaker, Joan Steffend, award-winning journalist, HGTV host, inspirational speaker, author and co-founder of Peace Begins with Me, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to education, inspiration, and collaboration in the area of inner peace. Register by Friday, February 13. Read more on the St. Kate's news website. 

Tickets: $10

Purchase tickets online


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Business & Economics Department Awards Dinner

Monday, March 9
5:30–6:15 p.m., speed networking
6:15–8 p.m., dinner and awards
Rauenhorst Ballroom at Coeur de Catherine

The evening will feature guest speaker Deb Heuer Womack, St Kate's alumnus, successful entrepreneur and business owner of VALERE Consulting Company. Cost: $25. Help keep this event free for students by making a donation at the end of your registration.

Register online


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Embodying Holistic Living: Tools for Inspiration and Change

(An affinity event for holistic health graduates, open to all alumnae)
Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine
Cost: $75
Join us for a day to explore the integration of holistic practices into our daily lives. Holistic Health Studies alumnae will share inspirational stories and practical tools that participants may use on their path to personal and community health and healing. This interactive gathering will allow participants to share wisdom, nurture community, and cultivate support as we navigate our journeys in living a balanced, vital holistic life. A continuing education certificate will be offered. We hope to see you there!
Registration begins January 15. More information is available at the Holistic Health Studies Conference website

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St. Kate's Softball Alumnae Appreciation Day

April 18, 2015, 1 p.m.
Double header vs. St. Thomas

Please join St. Kate's Softball for Alumnae Appreciation Day! Watch St. Kate's take on St. Thomas for a double header beginning at 1 p.m., with a second game starting around 3 p.m. We will gather for a barbeque after the games. Please RSVP to Colleen Powers, head coach, at or 612-703-5101. The full softball competition schedule can be viewed on the St. Kate's Athletics website. There's free admission to all home Wildcat softball games, which are held at the softball field on campus, near the O'Shaughnessy/Event parking lot. See the campus map for parking and game locations. 

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Healthcare Professionals

New Models of Care: An Interprofessional Perspective

Wednesday, April 29, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Coeur de Catherine, Rauenhorst Ballroom

Healthcare and related disciplines will engage with educational leaders to foster interprofessional education and advance healthcare practice. More information and registration on the Interprofessional Education website


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ACTC Women’s Studies Student Conference

Friday, February 27, 3:30 p.m.
Center for Women, Coeur de Catherine
Cost: FREE, but please RSVP to by February 24 

St. Catherine University Women’s Studies & Critical Studies graduates are invited to attend this annual conference. Attending is a great way for alumnae to support the Women’s Studies community and continue to engage in discussions about issues of race, class, gender, and other differences. It is also a great way for all of us to stay connected!  For more information contact Kelly Povo at 651-690-6063 or

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Art and Art History

Senior Juried Art Exhibition
Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Private reception for Friends of the Gallery and alumnae of the Studio Art and Art History program.
Meet and engage with this year’s graduating studio art majors. Listen to a special presentation by art history candidate Emma Flood, and art history Prof. Amy Hamlin on their collaborative project, “Questioning the Litany, Expanding the Discourse: art History and the Wikipedia edit-athon.” RSVP by May 4 to Kelly Povo '09.

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