by Cori Hilsgen
A summer class reunion for the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University will be held June 26-28. All alumni with graduating class years ending in zero and five are invited to the reunion.
SJU director of alumni relations Adam Herbst from the class of 1999 said this is the first time in recent history the two schools have hosted class reunions on the same weekend.
He said they are specifically inviting back alums from the classes of 2010 (fifth reunion), 2005 (10th reunion), 2000 (15th reunion) and so on.
“We are also inviting back “Golden” or “Beyond the 50th” alums who graduated more than 50 years ago,” Herbst said.
CSB director of alumnae relations Anne Sumangil, class of 1999, said they are thrilled to host reunions for both campuses.
“Our students experience college with both institutions and now our reunions reflect that,” Sumangil said. “It will be great to see the campus filled with alums from before 1965 to the present.”
Activities planned include educational sessions with current and retired faculty, coaches and alumni; class meals; a Friday night sunset stages concert at the Benedicta Arts Center amphitheatre; a Saturday morning CSB kick-off event and SJU convocation; a gala dinner and reunion awards ceremony at CSB Saturday evening; a reunion concert featuring Martin Zellar and the Hardways at Sal’s Bar and Grill Saturday evening; and Mass at both campuses Sunday morning.
Herbst said they are expecting about 800-1,200 alumni to return to the St. Joseph area for the reunions. Many of them will visit and support local businesses.
“We are excited to have SJU alumni celebrating reunions back on campus in the summer,” Herbst said. “The alumni college sessions will be wonderful learning and connection opportunities with some of our best current and retired professors and coaches. The campus is beautiful in the summer and there will be lots of time to enjoy the outdoors, connect with classmates from both schools and relive college days.”
The events are being organized by the CSB and SJU institutional advancement offices. For more information, contact Herbst or Sumangil.