E-News May 2017


Haugen Field Naming Ceremony and Chang Tennis Complex Dedication celebrate SJU baseball and tennis

Aerial photo of SJU Athletic Fields

On a gorgeous Earth Day in Collegeville, hundreds of Saint John’s University alumni, parents, students and fans gathered to celebrate the legacy and future of Saint John’s baseball and tennis. The Haugen Field Naming Ceremony, honoring 40-year head baseball coach Jerry Haugen '76, was followed by the Chang Tennis Complex Dedication Ceremony, honoring Paul Winter ’61 and his wife, Dr. Lian Chang. Learn more about and see videos of each ceremony.

Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th Anniversary Honored by Saint John’s

On Saint John’s Day, MPR was presented The Colman J. Barry Award for Distinguished Contributions to Religion and Society. MPR broadcast from campus on April 25, and Twin Cities PBS’ Almanac program visited with Bill Kling '64, MPR’s longtime president, and Gary Eichten '69, legendary MPR host.

A Poetic Final Gift from Fr. Mark Thamert, OSB

Saint John’s professor Fr. Mark Thamert, OSB, recently died of cancer. Before he died, he shared valuable insights on living while dying during a discussion hosted by the Benedictine Institute of Saint John’s. We invite you to read about Fr. Mark’s recent Lunch and Learn discussion, and watch it and another illuminating interview conducted by Fr. Timothy Backous, OSB.

Fr. Don Talafous Celebrates 70 Years of Vows

Alumni Chaplain Fr. Don Talafous will celebrate 70 years of vows. All are invited to join the celebration on July 11 at Saint John's Abbey Church.

The Johnnie Bread Tradition Continues

Johnnie Bread Photo

Saint John's popular Johnnie Bread was featured on MPR. Listen to an interview with Aaryn Dubose '20, one of the student bakers responsible for continuing the tradition.

Leaving a Mark, Making a Mark

In excerpts from the recent Senior Banquet, President Hemesath reflects on the process by which individuals develop their character and make their mark -- the Johnnie Way

We invite you to read Saint John’s Blogs and Join Outdoor Johnnies

Catch up on a variety of Saint John’s perspectives with the following blogs: Quad 136 by President Hemesath; Advancing Saint John’s by Institutional Advancement (feature on Chris '81 and Valorie Jackson '82 pictured left); Fr. Don’s Reflections, A Monk’s Chronicle by Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB; and Avon Hills Salon, by several members of our faculty. Join SJU alumni and friends’ Facebook group “Outdoor Johnnies,” featuring photos, stories, tips and many other items from the outdoors.


Service Event at Feed My Starving Children
Alumni, families and friends are invited to pack meals for malnourished children on Friday, May 19, from 5:45-7:30 p.m. at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. The meals will be shipped around the world.

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

Lunch and Cubs Game
Chicago area alumni and friends will gather for a pre-game lunch and Cubs game on Friday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at Sluggers in Chicago. From there we'll walk to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies. Cost is $74 for lunch and a game ticket.

Register with JohnniesConnect and connect with Johnnies and Bennies. You'll have access to an online directory, yellow page listings and more. If you haven't already registered, you'll need your constituent ID: ##CID##.

Read More Class Notes

Peter Rothstein '88 was named best director by City Pages. 

Dan Schumacher '96 has been named president of UnitedHealthcare. 

Brandon Drazich '09 graduated from University of Minnesota Medical School. He will begin residency in emergency medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.