E-News June 2017


Mike Scherer '67 to receive Fr. Walter Reger Award

Mike Scherer will receive the Fr. Walter Reger Award during the 2017 Reunion Rally at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24 at Saint John's University. Learn more about Mike and this legendary award. President Michael Hemesath also has an interesting blog post about Mike Scherer's and new graduate Ramond Mitchell's friendship.


Commencement 2017: Dan Whalen’s '70 tool box and Ramond Mitchell’s '17 call for courage

In a creative SJU first, Commencement speaker Dan Whalen brought a tool box to the dais, filled with special tools ranging from dice to a magic wand – all helpful in his life’s journey. In poignant remarks student Commencement speaker Ramond Mitchell reflected on life at SJU, Benedictine values and issued a call for all of us. We invite you to watch this year’s Commencement speeches, where you can play, forward and rewind at your leisure.


Your Student Fund contribution makes a difference - just ask Antoine Taylor '17

June 30 is the last day this fiscal year to give to the Student Fund. Join thousands of Johnnies with your Student Fund gift. When you support this common goal, your gift helps the best and brightest students attend Saint John’s. Every dollar given funds a scholarship for a great young man who otherwise could not come to SJU. If every Johnnie who reads this email contributes, we will exceed the Student Fund goal. Thank you!


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Benedictine Volunteer Corps selectees primed for rewarding adventures of global service

Nineteen Johnnies have been selected to this year's class of Benedictine Volunteer Corps. This adventure almost invariably becomes a life-changing experience – for those they’ll be helping, and for themselves.


David Forster Jr.’s spirit and love of helping others run honored at Grandma’s Marathon

David Forster Jr. loved running. He may have loved helping his friends run even more, writes Duluth News Tribune reporter Louie St. George. Read more about David Forster Jr.’s impact on countless Johnnies and others.


Benedictine value of stewardship through Tom Kroll’s eyes

Stewardship – to appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place – is a Benedictine value that was exercised daily by newly retired Saint John’s Arboretum director Tom Kroll. Read a Star Tribune interview with Tom about the goals, work and legacy of the Arboretum and this look at his last day. To connect with others passionate about the outdoors, please join Outdoor Johnnies on Facebook.


Key new component of Saint John’s athletic complex dedicated

The Alpers Golf Learning Center, an indoor training facility that allows golfers to work on their game year-round was recently dedicated. Named after Johnnie athletic director and golf coach Bob Alpers, it is one of many campus additions s made possible through the generosity of donors in the “Forward Ever Forward” Capital Campaign, to be celebrated at Homecoming 2017. Watch a video of the learning center and see dedication photos on Facebook.


Share your father's advice for a chance to win

We hope you had a great Father’s Day. We want to know how your father has made a difference in your life. What's the best piece of advice your father ever gave you?  Comment on our Facebook post your father's advice for a chance to win “How Dads Can Make a Difference” by Tom Kubinski '86.


Reunion 2017
Classes ending in 2s and 7s will come back to campus June 23-25. See who's registered and sign up today!

CSB/SJU Night at Target Field
Join your fellow Johnnies and Bennies at Target Field on July 18 at 7:10 p.m. Register online and receive an exclusive white and red Twins hat at the game.

Joseph R. Stencel, PhD, '67 returns next weekend for his 50th reunion. He shares a fascinating perspective on investing in SJU in his essay “The Gift of Giving.”


Read More Class Notes

Dr. Thomas F. Smith, Ph.D. '61 was featured in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

Mike Perry '68 is the 2017 Hopkins American Legion Dedication and Service Award recipient.

Dan Leach '83, CEO and co-founder of RxFunction, was featured in the Star Tribune. His company developed a device that helps people with peripheral neuropathy walk safely.