So many reasons to come back to campus for Reunion Weekend, June 20-22!

Last year’s All-School Reunion and Centennial Weekend drew 1,000 people to campus for celebrating and reminiscing. In keeping with the momentum, this year’s Reunion Weekend events are designed to highlight anniversary years (those ending in 4 and 9), but alumni who connect with anniversary years are also invited. Teammates and classmates from surrounding graduation years can join the fun.

A bevy of activities are slated, some for outdoor adventurers, music lovers, party seekers, and even those looking to kick back and relax.

Enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the Winona campus during bluff tours (via golf carts) or by participating in the Gilmore Gallop Walk/Run that winds through the lush wooded trails. Get out on the river with Brother John Grover FSC ’65, on canoes or get out on the greens during the annual golf outing at Bridges Golf Club. The annual picnic at Saint Mary’s Park — complete with inflatables for the kids — has become an annual tradition as weekend participants gather in the shadow of Saint Mary’s most historic buildings.

Take a tour of Winona hotspots via trolley. Head back to the College of Saint Teresa for lunch and a tour. Or spend some time perusing yearbooks in our hospitality room. Enjoy some musical blasts from the past during the piano sing-along. This is your time to “go back in time” and stir up old memories.

Or spend some time “in the now.” See how the Winona campus has changed and talk with current students and faculty. The “Celebration of Scholarship” will include poster presentations from the research and scholarship of Saint Mary’s students.

During the 50th reunion golden alumni reception and dinner Friday night, the classes of 1964, 1959 and 1954 are special honorees. And during Saturday’s alumni recognition ceremony, alumni awards will be presented. Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to get a taste of Saint Mary’s, a sampling of delicious ethnic foods that represent Saint Mary’s global presence as well as the diversity of our community. Food selections will include African, Jamaican and American cuisine.

New this year, families are invited to enjoy some popcorn and take in a movie at Figliulo Recital Hall. And Saturday night’s Reunion Weekend party is a time for alumni to reconnect and see how friends have changed but friendships haven’t.

Check the website for more details about various class gatherings being planned throughout Winona. Saint Mary’s grads will paint the town RED!

This article, written by Deb Nahrgang, was previously published in the Spring 2014 Saint Mary’s Magazine.

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