Reunion 2022

Alum College Sessions

Friday, June 24

10-10:45 a.m.

Estate Planning Myths Debunked: Planning for death and incapacity - Claudia M. Revermann, Attorney at Law, C.P.A.

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 104

Claudia is the owner of Revermann Law where her primary focus is to educate and serve her clients with confidence and humbleness. She practices in the areas of estate planning, probates and trusts, business and real estate law and taxation. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and, prior to practicing law, was a tax accountant in a regional accounting firm. Claudia is the past president and current member of the Central Minnesota Estate Planning Council, volunteers with the Minnesota State Bar Association’s sponsored Wills for Heroes program, is a member of the St. Cloud Hospital corporate member board and also serves as chair of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund board. Claudia speaks frequently for community and legal continuing education events and has a passion for educating people in a relatable way.

10:30-11:15 a.m.

Virtual CSB and SJU Campus Tour - Peggy Landwehr Roske ’77

SJU, Alcuin Library Auditorium 

Walk about the campus virtually with Peggy Landwehr Roske ’77, CSB and SJU archivist, to learn about changes made to CSB and SJU over the decades (and centuries). See what is different since your days on campus and ask your questions about CSB and SJU history.

About Peggy Landwehr Roske ’77: Peggy Landwehr Roske attended St. Ben’s high school and college, received her master’s at UW-Madison, and served CSB and SJU as reference librarian for 25 years before becoming the joint archivist in 2006.

Saint John’s Sayings - Rob Culligan ’82, Vice President for SJU Institutional Advancement  

SJU, Little Theater, Quad 364 

An entertaining blend of pithy, witty and sentimental sayings about Saint John’s from some of the all-time greats — Boniface Wimmer, Andrew Greeley, Hilary Thimmesh, Dietrich Reinhart, Colman O’Connell, John Gagliardi — set to stunning campus photography by Johnnie alumni including Michael Crouser of Saint John’s in Pictures fame.

Living the Benedictine Life as a Benedictine Volunteer - Br. Paul Richards, OSB Founder and Director of the Benedictine Volunteer Corps   

SJU, Slaggie Community Center

Our graduates who are selected as Benedictine Volunteers live out the Rule of Benedict while serving at monasteries around the world. In essence, they are monks: they live the life without taking vows and without monastic chapter voting rights for the period of one-year.

U.S. Global Leadership: An Ethical Perspective - Bernie Evans, Ph.D.

SJU, Emmaus Dining Room, Emmaus Hall

For decades after the Second World War most Americans saw their nation as the leader of the free world, able to stand against political, military and economic threats from the Soviet Union, and now the Russian Federation. Perhaps too little thought was given to our relationship with other nations, especially those with populations facing great economic needs. An argument can be made – and one grounded in Catholic social teachings – that the way to global peace and security is a road constructed by efforts to join with other affluent nations in meeting the needs of people everywhere.

Dr. Bernie Evans is Professor Emeritus from Saint John’s University. Before retiring from CSB and SJU he taught courses in Christian social ethics, environmental theology, and rural social issues. He also served as Associate Dean for Faculty in the School of Theology. Evans’ publications include Lazarus at the Table: Catholics and Social Justice (2006), Vote Catholic? Beyond the Political Din (2007), Stewardship: Living a Biblical Call (2014 - published by the Liturgical Press) and Glorify the Lord by Your Life: Catholic Social Teaching and the Liturgy (2020 - published by Liturgy Training Publications).

10:45-11:30 a.m.

What’s So Special about CSB and SJU?: A Conversation about Benedictine Values and How They Are Present in Your Lives - Rodger Narloch ’91, Psychology Professor & Director of the Benedictine Institute

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 107

When people try to explain what’s so special about CSB and SJU, they often say that there’s just “something in the water.” One can argue that the qualities that permeate the “water” of the CSB and SJU culture stem directly from the values of our Benedictine heritage. Come and participate in a conversation about these values and share how they have continued to shape you well beyond just your college years.

Game Changer! Walking tour of the New CSB Athletics Facilities - Anderson Diercks, CSB Athletic Director

CSB, Haehn Campus Center Lobby  

Join us for a first-hand look at the modernization of athletic facilities at CSB. These new dedicated fields are a game-changer for current and future CSB students and gives CSB a competitive advantage in student recruitment. You will see how we have remained true to our Benedictine style with a thoughtful and innovative design that gets right to the heart of the game. This is a walking tour that will showcase two soccer/lacrosse fields, two softball fields, three intramural/multi-use fields, an athletic center and training room, new concessions, seating and amenities for spectators and fans.

Tour of the Joe O’Connell collection - Julianne O’Connell

CSB, Meet at the BAC in the Escher Lobby. Tour will end in the gathering place.

Take a walk with Julianne O’Connell on the CSB campus through the works of her father. The Joe O'Connell Collection is a collection of the papers of Joe O'Connell (Joseph John O'Connell III): sculptor, print maker, photographer, artist-in-residence and teacher at CSB and SJU 1962-1995. In addition to the personal files and correspondence, the collection also includes art, photographs, artifacts, tools and memorabilia of the artist.

1:15-2 p.m.

Virtual CSB and SJU Campus Tour - Peggy Landwehr Roske ’77

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 104

Walk about the campus virtually with Peggy Landwehr Roske ’77, CSB and SJU archivist, to learn about changes made to CSB and SJU over the decades (and centuries). See what is different since your days on campus and ask your questions about CSB and SJU history.

About Peggy Landwehr Roske ’77: Peggy Landwehr Roske attended St. Ben’s high school and college, received her master’s at UW-Madison, and served CSB and SJU as reference librarian for 25 years before becoming the joint archivist in 2006.

Rethinking “Work” for American Women: Lessons from the Pandemic – Sucharita Mukherjee, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 107

Sucharita Sinha Mukherjee, professor of economics and department chair, will offer insights on the impact the pandemic had on women in the workforce.

“Rejection and Resiliency in the Age of Social Media” Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 142 

Dr. Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, otherwise known as “KSDZ”, is an Associate Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the First Year Experience at CSB and SJU. Her scholarly work examines the influence of hookup culture on college students’ views and formation of intimate relationships. East-coast by background and temperament, KSDZ never fails to ask probing questions and doesn’t accept soul-less answers. She wants all students at CSB and SJU to achieve academic success and develop into young adults willing to engage their moral compass and stand up for what is true and just.

1:30-2:15 p.m.

“Can We Learn Anything from History: Reflections on the American Experience in Afghanistan” - Ken Jones, Professor of History

SJU, Quad 264

In 2001 we invaded Afghanistan to remove the Taliban and strike at the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.  Twenty years later, after we departed, the Taliban took over again, and some experts warn that the country might again serve as a training ground for attacks on the US.

History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, but paying attention to the past can suggest significant insights that “a guy might wanna think about” when a similar situation presents itself in the future.

Drawing on the recent past as well as parallel efforts earlier in our history, Professor Ken Jones, History Department, will offer some preliminary answers to the question “what should we learn from our experience in Afghanistan.”

SJU Athletic Facilities Tour – Assistant Vice President for SJU Institutional Advancement, John Young ’83

SJU, walking tour, meet in front of Gagliardi Field 

Join John for a first-hand look at the modernization of athletic facilities at SJU. These new dedicated fields are a game changer for current and future SJU students and gives SJU a competitive advantage in student recruitment. You will see how we have remained true to our Benedictine style with thoughtful and innovative design that gets right to the heart of the game. Let’s go for a walk and tour new athletic facilities! We will explore the Chang Tennis Complex; Becker Park/Haugen Field, home of Johnnie baseball; Haws Field, where the Johnnie soccer team plays; and the new Gagliardi Field and Alpers Golf Learning Center. 

Library and Learning Commons Tour – Vice President for SJU Institutional Advancement, Rob Culligan ’82

SJU, Walking tour, meet outside the main doors of Alcuin library facing the Abbey Church. 

Innovation. Collaboration. Technology.

These are the watchwords of 21st-century workplaces and communities.

The Reinhart Learning Commons is designed for the kind of learning and teaching essential to preparing our students for their future.

This exciting building combines flexible classrooms, the latest technology, and a variety of informal social learning spaces. It will provide faculty and students with the environment and the tools to fully engage in collaborative learning and innovative thinking. This tour of the newly remodeled Alcuin Library will demonstrate how a 21st century library provides flexible spaces for both solitary study and collaborative work; deploys the digital tools required by scholars and students; efficiently houses print resources; and supports a holistic academic experience with an array of academic support services.

Apples and Oranges?: An Interreligious Approach to Loving God and Neighbor - Chris Conway, Ph.D

SJU, Emmaus Dining Room, Emmaus Hall
The reality of religious pluralism—that there are many religions, that many good and sincere people practice these many religions, and that these many religions will remain many—invites us to grow in our love for God and neighbor by encountering what is true, good, and holy in these traditions. But where and how do we begin this interreligious learning? With examples from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, we will explore the possibilities religious pluralism and comparative theology provide.
Chris Conway is assistant professor of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary. His teaching and scholarship focus on comparative theology, particularly Christian and Hindu spiritual practices and devotional traditions.

3-3:45 p.m.

Backpacks, Bikes and Bells: How I traveled and worked across a country on lockdown – Andrea Wuebker ’97

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 107 

As nearly 50 million Americans went home during the early stages of the pandemic, and remote classrooms and offices dominated home-life on lockdown, Andrea put her belongings into storage, stocked up on masks and sanitizers and went on the road with her work computer, bikes, kettlebells and a backpacker's selection of summer and winter clothing to find adventure during the off-work hours. During this session, she will share how she balanced screen time with scenery time; and how she connected with work, friends, strangers and herself on the biking trails in Utah; the frozen hills of Idaho, the beaches of Florida, Dolly Parton's hometown and an accidental tour of pivotal Civil Rights sites in the South.

Andrea Wuebker graduated from CSB in 1997 and has been wandering ever since her study abroad semester as a Senior in Ireland. With more than 20 years of experience in communications, she is now employed as a senior leader in the telecommunications industry. While she carries no photos of pets or children on her person, she will gladly show you pictures of her bikes, outrigger canoe and wine recommendations upon request.

A Millennial’s Monastic Journey – Laura Suhr ’10

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 104 

If you had asked Laura as a first year at CSB what she would be doing 10 years from now, it was definitely not joining the monastery, yet, she felt a call from God and that is just what she did. She will share briefly about her discernment process, what life looks like for her now in the monastery, how monastic life will change in the future and answer questions you may have.

Sister Laura Suhr, OSB graduated from CSB in 2010 with a degree in elementary education. After teaching for several years, she entered Saint Benedict's Monastery in 2016. She is director of Girls, God, and Good Times Summer Camp, sponsored by the sisters, for girls who have completed 4th- 12th grade. She is also completing a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. John's University School of Theology and Seminary.

3:15-4 p.m.

Thriving during COVID - Boz Bostrom ’95, Associate professor of Accounting

SJU, Simons 330

The past two plus years have been something none of us could have predicted nor asked for. Our students have been through many highs, lows, and disappointments. Accounting professor Boz Bostrom became an inspiration for many in our community with the way he attacked COVID-obstacles head on, keeping his focus on creating a positive student experience within the established limits. Join this session where Boz talks about actions he took and what he learned along the way to become a better professor in a post-COVID world. Boz will also talk about his new novel, The New Start, a Grisham-style financial thriller.

Woodworking shop Tour - Fr. Lew Grobe

SJU, Walking tour - meet at Woodworking Shop

The woodworking shop has helped with construction and expansion of many buildings such as Mary Hall in 1950, the interior of the new monastery in 1956, as well as the forms for the construction of the Abbey church in 1959-1961. The woodworking shop has also created thousands of pieces of furniture such as tables, bookcases, chairs, beds, and coffins for those in the St. John's community. They have also created cabinets to hold The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition. The woodworking shop has always focused on values of stewardship and sustainability in its practices.

Most recently, the woodworking shop has shared its talents on the Holtkamp-Pasi organ in the Abbey Church. The expansion of the organ, first built by Walter Holtkamp Sr. in 1961, means that there are no longer any musical limitations to community worship. The inaugural year of concerts for the organ will launch in the fall of 2021.

The Saint John’s Bible: From Inspiration to Illumination - The Saint John’s Bible Interns

SJU, Sullivan Auditorium, Alcuin 170. There will be a host at the main door of Alcuin Library to direct guests to the auditorium.

Guests will have a guided introduction to The Saint John’s Bible led by an outstanding CSB and SJU  current student. The host will introduce guests to the tools, methods, materials and art of this monumental project created to mark the new millennium. Hear the stories and inspiration behind the making of the original and learn about the stunning fine art edition created to share the Bible with the entire world.

Saturday, June 25

8:15-9 a.m.

Yin Yoga and Meditation with Jennifer Markert ’87

CSB, Lower Rec Studio (Yoga Studio)

Jenny Markert is a 1987 CSB graduate, English teacher, and writer, and she has also been a yoga teacher and practitioner since 2010. In this class, she guide participants in the practice of yin yoga, a slow and relaxing form of yoga done on mats. The class mixes asanas (postures) with meditation and breathing exercises to help relax the body, mind, and spirit, focusing on cleansing the limbic system, shedding toxins, and re-energizing. Dress in loose fitting and/or flexible clothing.

Let’s talk about Breast Cancer with moderator Heidi Myers ’82

CSB, Ardolf Science Center 104

Bring your experiences and curiosity to this heartfelt conversation about breast cancer. To launch the session, Heidi will reflect on her time in “breast cancer world.” Heidi will share what she learned about nutrition, fasting, exercise, sleep and the environmental factors that cause breast cancer. Following Heidi’s talk, participants are invited to contribute their insights and pose their questions to the group.

In August 2017, Heidi was diagnosed with ER+/HER2+ breast cancer.  She underwent a double (bilateral) mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and Herceptin. During the 15 month treatment time, Heidi read clinical trials and educated herself on factors that contribute to improved outcomes. She compiled information about nutrition, fasting, exercise, sleep and the role environmental factors play in breast cancer. Heidi implemented much of what she learned and continues to tweak her diet, exercise routine, mental health maintenance and manage conversations and environmental factors.

8:30-9:15 p.m.

Green Tea, Hospitality, and Health - Richard Bresnahan ’76, artist in residence

SJU, Saint John's Pottery Studio  

How did green tea traditions evolve over time, and what are the benefits to crafting the perfect brew? Gather around the irori tea table at The Saint John's Pottery with Director and Artist-in-Residence Richard Bresnahan ’76 to learn about the intriguing history of the Japanese tea ceremony, tea-related art objects, and the importance of good tea-drinking habits.

Arboretum Walk - Saint John’s Outdoor University

SJU, One-hour walk beings at Abbey Church steps

You’ve hiked the Chapel Trail, but how much do you know about the trail and the surrounding landscape? Take advantage of this opportunity to walk a short loop of the trail and get a close-up look at plants and wildlife and learn more about the natural history of the 2,944 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savannah and forest surrounding Saint John's with a guided walk with arboretum experts.

2-2:45 p.m.

Facilities Updates Tour–New and Remade: Monastery Buildings, Main, Haehn Campus Center and Clemens Library – Chad Marolf

CSB, Walking tour - meet in the Fireside Lounge in Gorecki Dining and Conference Center

Through the recent Illuminating Lives campaign and beyond, the College of Saint Benedict has been investing in the construction of new spaces and the renovation of others. On this tour, you will learn how it came to be that the college purchased three historic buildings from the monastery and have transformed them into an admissions welcome centre and spaces for other college administrative functions. This step allowed us to free up and completely remake space in the Main building, which is now home to the departments of Math, Computer Science, Psychology, Economics and Nursing. We have also created new spaces for students in Haehn and an all new Experience and Professional Development home called the Experience Hub.

About Chad Marolf: Chad serves in the Institutional Advancement department as a Senior Principal Gifts Officer. He has been with CSB for ten years, having served in a similar role for six years prior at St. Cloud State University. Chad harkens from Ohio where he grew up and went to college and grad school. He is married and has three kids ages 29, 26 and 24

Zumba with Anne Sumangil ’99

CSB, Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center (HCC)

Join licensed Zumba instructor, Anne Sumangil, as we party ourselves into shape! Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment, and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba® exercise classes are " fitness-parties "that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.

Anne currently works at CSB as Director of Alumnae Relations and has been dancing most of her life. She has been licensed in Zumba since September 2011. In college, Anne was the captain of the award-winning College of Saint Benedict Dance Team and was honored to be a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader for two seasons. She continues to take dance classes and loves teaching Zumba. Join this group to learn more about Anne's teaching schedule and other fun updates.

Good Reads" - Anna Jonas, S. Mara Faulkner ’62, OSB & Kathy Parker

CSB, Mary Commons

A good book is more fun when shared. Readers from the CSB campus will recommend some of their recent favorite books. There will be time to share some of your recommendations too!

About the presenters: Anna Jonas works at CSB and SJU as the General book buyer for the campuses. Additionally, she is the Saint Cloud Visitor monthly book reviewer. Sister Mara Faulkner ’62 is a vowed member of the sisters of the order of Saint Benedict and is an author of several books. Additionally, she taught literature and writing at CSBSJU for many years before retiring in 2013. Since then, she has been offering writing workshops and retreats and tutoring adult English Language Learners. Kathy Parker works at CSB and SJU as the director of libraries, media and archives where she manages library operations. Her secret plan is to have every graduate so habituated to reading they can’t imagine a day without a good book.

Abbey Church Tour

SJU, meet under Bell Banner

The Abbey and University Church was designed for a complex community made up of Benedictine monks, students of the University, the Seminary and the Preparatory School, a parish attached to the monastery, and visitors. The design of the church was based on the premise that all these members should be allowed closer participation in services. This was achieved by building a vast worship space without columns and based on a trapezoidal shape that would enable all to sit as close as possible to the altar.

The church is a technological feat as well. Incorporating a massive use of cast and steel-reinforced concrete, it was fundamentally constructed by local carpenters who made the forms into which the concrete was cast. The large bell banner at the north side, the main entrance to the church, houses a cross made of oak harvested from the woods at Saint John's Arboretum, and the five bells that call people to worship. It is 112 feet high, stands on thin parabolic arches, and announces that this is indeed a special place.

Rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest - Thom Woodward ’70

SJU, Quad 264

“Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay,” the song goes. “It will never die.” Nor will debates about what is the first rock tune or who’s the most successful artist or which is rock’s greatest era. Baby boomer Thom Woodward ’70 will explore the genre’s roots and make a bold proclamation, backing it up with proof.

Saint John’s Abbey Cemetery Tour - Josie Stang

SJU, Abbey Cemetery

Since 1876 the deceased monks of Saint John’s Abbey and deceased parishioners of the Collegeville parish have found a resting place “high above the Sagatagan” on our cemetery hill, oriented towards the rising sun. A 2007 expansion provides for other Saint John’s alumni and friends who have chosen to await the final coming with them. This tour will highlight the graves of some unique personalities, monastic and lay, whose presence contributed to Saint John’s distinctive “sense of place.”

Josie Stang is in charge of the Saint John’s Cemetery for the monastic community, for alumni and friends, and for the parish cemetery section. She began this work in 2007 when the addition of the alumni/faculty/friends section of the cemetery was created. Prior to this work, she was Associate Director of Admissions/Financial Aid at Saint John’s Preparatory School for 11 years.

2-4 p.m.

Still singing? Special music session for CSB and SJU Alums and Friends in the Choir room at SJU with Alum Axel Theimer ’71

SJU, choir room

You are celebrating a special Anniversary Reunion this year! Make singing part of it!

Special Announcement for Choir Geeks - including those of you who, during your college years, always wanted to join a choir but never did: here is your chance to get a taste of what you missed:

Join us for a couple of hours of singing on Saturday afternoon, plus, after a morning warm up, contribute some music to the Sunday morning Abbey Liturgy.

Spouses and other significant others are welcome – let’s make music together!