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The College of St. Scholastica

You have many opportunities to stay involved with your alma mater! The St. Scholastica Alumni Association provides leadership opportunities, alumni services and social opportunities.

Alumni Benefits

As a St. Scholastica alum, your Alumni Association membership is FREE! We welcome you to come back and take advantage of the perks of being a St. Scholastica alum!

Campus Facilities and Resources

Digitized Scriptorium and Cable Student Newspapers

Search the College Archives to view the Scriptorium from 1932 to 1969 and the Cable student newspaper from 1977 to 2001. Please review system requirements carefully before entering the database, as there is certain computer software and hardware to run the database properly.

Duluth Campus Reunion Room rental

All St. Scholastica Alumni and their families are welcome to return for Reunion Weekend and stay on campus for a special reunion rate. Availability in the suites and apartments is limited. Check the Reunion Summer Housing site for more info!

St. Scholastica E-mail Account, updated as of 1/2021

Alumni, those who completed all degree requirements and earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate from The College of St. Scholastica, can keep a CSS email account as long as they log in to change their password at least once every six months. Accounts not logged into for six months will be locked. Alumni wishing to access a locked account can contact us to confirm their identity. Then, once approved we will work with IT to unlock the account. We are unable to provide a new account if the alum has an existing account that is locked.

All locked accounts will be purged after six months. Once an account is purged, it is gone forever and cannot be reinstated. If an alum re-enrolls in any program, a new account will automatically be created for them, but their previous data and content will be gone.

For Alumni who graduated prior to 2011, please contact the Alumni Engagement Office to request an email account be created.

St. Scholastica Library Access

Alums can use items in-house at the College Library and check out up to five St. Scholastica Library book items at a time with no annual fee. Please bring a photo ID to the Library to help with the check out process.

Please note:
Alumni cannot continue to use our online databases after graduation; our license agreements do not permit this kind of access. Minnesota residents can access some of the databases we use through the Electronic Library of Minnesota. Many other states have similar programs.

Mango Language Learning Software

Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language — and it’s available to alumni free-of-charge!

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection. As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you’ll learn more than just words and phrases. You’ll learn how those pieces can be rearranged and combined to make new thoughts, new conversations, and even more practical communication! In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations — get directions, order a meal, make new friends — the possibilities are endless!

Learn how alumni can access the Mango software on the library website.

Outdoor Equipment Rental

The College of St. Scholastica is located in one of the most beautiful, awe inspiring parts of the world, and now you can rent equipment that will help you get out and explore it! As alumni, you can take advantage of equipment rental through the Outdoor Pursuit program.

All types of outdoor equipment is available for rent including tents, sleeping bags, packs, canoes, cook sets, rain gear, skis and snowshoes. Be sure to bring a photo ID to the OP! Rental Office (Wellness Center, Office 104). For policies, price list and equipment available visit the OP Equipment Rental page.

Outdoor Pursuit Programming

As alumni, you can take participate in Outdoor Pursuit! programming (as space allows) or work with the OP Coordinator, Shawn Olesewski, to design your own day trips for 6 or more people. Contact Shawn at solesews@css.edu or 218-723-6196.

Saints Shop Discount

Alumni receive free shipping within the Continental U.S. on online Saints Shop purchases. Simply visit shop.css.edu and use the coupon code “SAINTS4LIFE” when checking out!

Wellness Center Membership

At this time, all graduates from 2020 and Spring 2021 will be allowed free access to the BWC for one year beginning date beginning May 17, 2021 through May 16, 2022. After a year, students will become eligible to purchase an Alumni membership to the facility. However, currently due to COVID there are no paid memberships to the BWC. The hold on memberships may be adjusted for the Fall of 2021, but has not been finalized. Please check back closer to the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions or issues please contact Anna Tester at azyvolos@css.edu.

Career Services for Alumni

Looking for a job? Looking for a better job? Three years after graduation, you can continue to connect with and take advantage the many services offered through Career Services. After three years, you will have access to three consultation appointments to assist with career changes, graduate school application or career based resources including:

  • Résumé and cover letter writing tips and examples
  • Interviewing skills and technology
  • Graduate school information
  • Career exploration sites and resources
  • LinkedIn profile development
  • Access to job postings on Handshake
  • Pre-recorded career videos on YouTube

Hire A Saint

Post internships or positions for all students/alumni to view at no charge

Enrollment Verification

The College of St. Scholastica has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide confirmation of enrollment and conferred degrees for our students and alumni. If you are a student or alumni, please refer your lender or organization requesting your enrollment or degree verification (information) to the National Student Clearinghouse website. The National Student Clearinghouse can be contacted at:

Web: www.enrollmentverify.org OR www.degreeverify.org

Mail:
National Student Clearinghouse
2300 Dulles Station Blvd. Suite 300
Herndon, Virginia 20171

Please contact OneStop Student Services if you have any questions:
800-447-5444
218-723-6570
Onestop@css.edu

Learning and Events

Alumni Travel Program

Taking a trip can be so much more rewarding when the trip offers an in-depth opportunity to discover the places, people and culture you visit. Our inclusive travel packages take the worry out of travel. They include hassle free trips that encourage a deeper exploration into local customs, art, history and landmarks, while still providing opportunities to explore scenic beauty. Our next fully-escorted tour departs soon – check the Alumni Travel Program section on this page or call Alumni Engagement for more details at 218-723-6071 or alumni@css.edu.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

There is something for every one of our Saints alums looking for ongoing learning opportunities. Offerings include Emeritus College for all those interested in scholarly courses, The Alworth Center for Peace and Justice which provides programming designed to bridge social and political barriers, productions from the St. Scholastica Theatre, and offerings at the Mitchell Auditorium.

Economic Updates

Faculty Emeriti, Dr. Anthony Barrett, from the Stender School of Business and Technology provides a monthly economics update.

Scholarships and Benefits

Scholarships and Discounts

CSS Legacy Scholarship

Application: Application is part of admissions app. Contact your admissions counselor for further assistance.
Amount: 5% of tuition

  • Student must have graduated from St. Scholastica (or)
  • Student must have a spouse, sibling, step-sibling, parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, stepchild who graduated from The College of St. Scholastica
  • Student will be a domestic, full-time student in any of our undergraduate or graduate programs, online or at our extended sites.

Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the College.

*Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Physician’s Assistant programs are exempt from this award.

Please note: this scholarship cannot be combined with the Alumni Referral Scholarship, the College retains the right to change this policy and rate at any time.

Graduate Alumni Discount

The College of St. Scholastica offers a Graduate Alumni Discount for MS/MA Graduates who come back and enroll in additional graduate coursework towards a masters or graduate certificate. You may receive 33% off tuition for one course per semester by completing the Graduate Alumni Discount Form prior to each semester. Access the Graduate Alumni Discount form here.

Alumni Referral Scholarship

Alumni of The College of St. Scholastica are encouraged to recommend the college to friends and family who may benefit from a St. Scholastica education. There is a limit of one Alumni Referral Scholarship per alum. The Alumni Referral Scholarship may not be used in addition to any other College referral or discount. This scholarship is for first time undergraduate Extended Studies or Online students only, International students and second degree seeking students are not eligible. Full time students may receive up to $300/academic year. Part-time students enrolled 6+ credits will receive a pro-rated award. Final determination of eligibility will be made by Admissions and Financial Aid office. The Alumni Referral Form must be completed prior to the start of classes in the student’s first semester at St. Scholastica.

About the Alumni Association

Mission and Vision

Mission

To advance the College of St. Scholastica by connecting alumni to one another and the College through meaningful events, benefits and communication.

Vision

Our vision is to involve the greatest possible number of alumni by offering opportunities to connect and remain engaged with the College and each other. We are committed to serving the needs of alumni through recognizing and responding to the diversity of individuals, generations, interests and geographic locations. Our offerings are rooted in the Benedictine values of Respect, Hospitality, Stewardship, Community and Love of Learning. The College’s Benedictine tradition, rich friendships, and strong academic preparation inspire this vision.

Alumni Association Board of Directors

The College of St. Scholastica Alumni Board is an advisory board that represents the voice of St. Scholastica’s 31,360+ alumni.

Alumni Board Members

Laura Banken ’14 BCM
Andover, MN
laura.l.banken@gmail.com 

Gina Diaz (MA ’07) (DNP ’15)
Duluth, MN
gdiaz@css.edu

Emily Foyt ’12 SDM (MS ’14)
Duluth, MN
emilyfoyt@gmail.com

Rachel Hagel ’13 HIM
New Prague, MN
rhagel31@gmail.com

Sarah Hentges ’13 SWK
Shoreview, MN
hentgessarah@gmail.com 

Krystal Hoheisel ’15 MKT
Duluth, MN
khoheisel@css.edu 

Correne Jensen ’84 BIO
Duluth, MN
cjenson1962@gmail.com

Susan Koering ’73 MRA
President
Plymouth, MN
smkoering@yahoo.com

Andy Larson ’11 EME (MA ’18)
Lincoln, NE
alarson7@css.edu

Nick Larmbrecht ’14 BIO
Minneapolis, MN
lambrecht.nicholas92@gmail.com 

Thaddaeus Picott ’13 MGT/MKT
Minneapolis, MN
thaddaeus.picott@target.com

Hannah (Barr) Puryear ’10 ENG
Mequon, WI 53092
hbarr1020@gmail.com

Christina (Wallner) Snaza ’07 HIM (MS 17)
Oakdale, MN
christinaw1225@icloud.com

Jennifer Viergutz ’00 CLS (MBA ’15)
President-elect
Duluth, MN
mnbowhunter@charter.net 

Emily (Morley) Yu ’12 HIM
Chicago, IL
emorley08@gmail.com

Join the Alumni Association Board of Directors

Purpose
  • Create meaningful, lifelong affinity and kinship with each other and to remain involved with and support of the College through the work of the Board
  • Foster the spirit of the College in ways that increase alumni engagement
  • Identify new ways and strengthen existing ways to give alumni a strong connection to one another and to the College
  • Promote greater access to College resources, including educational opportunities, career counseling and participation in key events
  • Build networks that will equip alumni to serve as brand ambassadors for the College
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Membership to the Alumni Board is for a three-year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms
  • Board members are expected to participate in ad hoc committees
  • Board members are expected to attend three meetings a year, located either in the Twin Cities or in Duluth. Meetings are held on Saturdays
  • Serve as a brand ambassador for the College, including helping increase engagement and positively promoting the College
  • Participate in alumni gatherings as well as either Homecoming and/or Reunion
  • Contribute financially — as the member’s means allow — to the College’s annual fundraising campaign, which runs from July 1 to June 30 each year

If you’d like to be considered for the Alumni Board of Directors, please fill out the application form and return it to Alumni Engagement.

Alumni Directory

Alumni Map

Saints Alumni Live All Over the World

Click the map above to find out where Saints alumni are living in the United States.

Stay in touch with your alma mater and your classmates!

This page can help you to locate fellow alums and allow us to track down Saints alums we have lost contact with.

  • Online Alumni Directory: where Saints alumni have their contact information available for other alums to contact them. Not all of our alums are listed in the directory, as it is an opt-in directory.
    Are you having trouble finding someone? Give us a call and we will help you reconnect with friends from Scholastica. We will not give out their contact information, but we will let them know you are trying to get in touch and pass along your information.

School Spirit

The College of St. Scholastica shows their spirit in many ways, including the School Song, our fight song, cheer and Storm, our school mascot. Show your College spirit by visiting the Saints Shop to obtain your Saints gear.

Mascot

Storm was originally introduced in the early 1980s as the College’s athletics program mascot. Storm was re-introduced in 2001 with a new look.

School Song: Vivat St. Scholastica

Hear the Piano Accompaniment*

Vivat! Vivat, St. Scholastica
Melody (adapted) from Reynaldo Hahn
Lyrics by Sister Loretta Sheehan

Vivat! Vivat, St. Scholastica.
To thy fame a tribute raise.
Fount of learning, forge of friendship
home of happy college days.

CHORUS:
Pledge we our faith to alma mater,
Pledge to her our heart and hand.
Where e’er we bide she’ll be our guide.
We will praise her throughout the land,

II
Lakes and hills and spreading campus,
All thy nat’ral charms we love.
And we glory in thy greatness
bless’d with favors from above.

III
When, in faith and knowledge grounded,
Enter we the world of strife;
May thy counsels, strong and holy,
aid us in our course thru life.

* You need RealPlayer installed to hear the song. Download a free copy from real.com.

Fight Song: Go St. Scholastica

Go, St. Scholastica, to you we will be true.
Raise up the banner for the gold and the blue.
Go, St. Scholastica, honor to your name.
Onward to vic’t’ry Saints, let’s win this game!

– Words and Music by Mary Lou Donovan

Fight Cheer

CSS, CSS, BLUE and GOLD,
CSS, CSS, BIG and BOLD!

– Cheer by Stacy Deadrick

 

Get Involved

Upcoming Events

Saints Heritage Club

Heritage Club meeting during Convocation at St. Scholastica.Opening Convocation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Members of our Saints Heritage Club were honored and the freshman class was welcomed into the Saints Community. It continues to be a special tradition.

Homecoming

Alumni Awards recipients with President Barbara McDonald.Saints gathered the weekend of Oct. 15-17 to enjoy some school spirit and honor young alumni achievements.

Alumni Travel Program

European Coastal Civilizations

Chartered, five-star LE BOUGAINVILLE
May 2-11, 2022

Map of Alumni Travel 2022 tripExplore the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England. Cruise for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star Le Bougainville. Enjoy a memorable cruise up the storied River Thames to London’s Tower Bridge. Special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s renowned wine country, walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela and visit Bilbao’s iconic Guggenheim Museum and the impressive abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. Lisbon Pre-Program and London Post-Program Options.

Oberammergau Passion Play and Cruising the Danube River
July 17-27, 2022

Oberammergau travel mapExperience a rare performance of the extravagant Passion Play, staged once a decade for nearly four centuries in storybook Oberammergau. Enjoy a five-night deluxe cruise along the Danube River, spend two nights each in the Bavarian Alps and Munich, and visit four countries. Budapest Pre-Program and Berlin Post-Program Options offered.

Itinerary and reservation information coming soon.

All-Saints Alumni Reunion

The 2022 All-Saints Alumni Reunion will be on June 24-25, 2022. We hope you can join us to celebrate in person in June.

Class years celebrated

  • 1947
  • 1952, 1957
  • 1962, 1967
  • 1972, 1977

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Scholastica alumni give back in many ways. If you’re interested in being a class speaker, representative, champ or would like to become a mentor, contact Alumni Engagement at alumni@css.edu, 218-723-6071 or 800-447-5444 for more information.

#SaintsDo

Saints Alumni Volunteer Program

The St. Scholastica Alumni network is over 30,000 strong! Saints alumni embody the Benedictine values and qualities that represent St. Scholastica, and we are pleased to provide our alumni with a wide range of opportunities to stay connected and benefit from being a Saint.

Alumni are the “living endowment” of any college. Without the passion, pride and care that alumni have for The College of St. Scholastica, and the skills, experiences and talents that volunteers bring, the campus would not continue to thrive for future generations of students. Caring, engaged alumni are vital to the strength and prominence of The College of St. Scholastica.

Volunteering is a great way to give back, or pay it forward and make a lasting impact.

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Affinity Groups
  • Legislative Advocates
  • Admissions Ambassadors
  • Events Support
  • Alumni Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Ambassador
  • Student Support
  • Social Media Ambassadors
  • Alumni-Student Mentor Program
  • Academic School Advisory Board
  • Leadership

Alumni Awards

Each year the Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni and staff or faculty for their commitment and contributions to their community, their profession, the College, and the Benedictine values that continue to guide the work of the Saints Community. Recognizing alumni is the most prestigious honor the College bestows.

Please consider nominating an outstanding Saint for one of our five Alumni Awards.

The Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award

This award honors alumni, who like Sister Ann Edward Scanlon, demonstrate dedication to improving their communities, and through this dedication or in addition to it, show exceptional commitment to the College.

Nomination deadline: March 1 (presented at the Annual All-Saints Reunion)

The Sister Alice Lamb Award

This award honors alumni who are well established in their careers, contribute significantly to their professions, and maintain enduring commitment to the College.

Nomination deadline: March 1 (presented at the Annual All-Saints Reunion)

The Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit Award

This award honors alumni who credit the College by way of their professional achievements, and exemplify the Benedictine Values of Respect, Hospitality, Stewardship, Love of Learning, and Community.

Nomination deadline: March 1 (presented at the Annual All-Saints Reunion)

The Scholastica Inspiration Award

This award honors faculty or staff whose interest and concern for students have positively influenced the student community.

Nomination deadline: March 1 (presented at the Annual All-Saints Reunion)

The Young Alumni Achievement Award

This award honors alumni under age 40 who support the College with their time and/or talent and/or treasure, exhibit high achievement levels early in their careers, and live out the Benedictine values through service to others.

Nomination deadline: Aug. 1 (presented during Homecoming)

First Gen Alumni Award

This award honors a first-generation alumna/us whose strengths, resiliency and lived experiences positively contributed to the St. Scholastica community.

Nomination deadline: Oct. 22 (presented during the Tri-Alpha Induction Ceremony in November)