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Saint Catherine Universitiy

St. Catherine University (also known as St. Kate's) is a private Catholic liberal arts university, located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Prior to attaining university status, the school was known as St. Catherine College. Known for years as "the Nation's Largest College for Women,today St. Catherine offers baccalaureate programs for women plus graduate and associate programs for women and men.



2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul
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Minnesota Intercollegiate

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St. Catherine University was founded as the College of St. Catherine in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, under the leadership of Mother Seraphine Ireland. The University is named for St. Catherine of Alexandria, the fourth-century Egyptian lay philosopher who suffered martyrdom for her faith. A site for St. Kate�s was chosen atop the city�s second-highest hill in St. Paul � in the area now known as Highland Park. Hugh Derham of Rosemount contributed $20,000 for the first building. Derham Hall opened in January 1905, offering classes to high school boarding students and lower-division college students. Upper-division courses were first offered in the academic year of 1911�12. In spring 1913, Bachelor of Arts degrees were conferred on the first two students to complete four years at the new institution. In 1917, St. Kate�s earned full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. During World War II, St. Kate�s responded to a critical nursing shortage by expanding its programs to include a baccalaureate degree in nursing and assuming leadership of the St. Joseph�s and St. Mary�s hospitals and schools of nursing � and partnering with the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps to provide students with financial assistance in exchange for nursing services. More than 170 St. Catherine alumnae served in military hospitals between 1942 and 1948. Prior to the 1970s, students would take classes at the nearby University of St. Thomas, which was then a men's college. Expansion to Minneapolis St. Kate�s coeducational Minneapolis campus in the Riverside neighborhood offers associate degree and certificate programs in numerous healthcare fields. In 1887, the Sisters of St. Joseph responded to a need for trained nurses in the region founding the St. Mary�s School of Nursing at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis. Student nurses in the three year Registered Nurse program lived in a dormitory at the hospital while studying first year academics at the College of St. Catherine. In 1964, the hospital program was expanded and opened under the title St. Mary�s Junior College. St. Mary�s offered associate degrees in healthcare, including the first occupational therapy assistant program and the first physical therapist assistant program in the United States. St. Kate�s acquired St. Mary�s Junior College in 1985. In 1987, Fairview Hospital combined with St. Mary's Hospital to become Riverside Medical Center.

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The College of St. Catherine educates women to lead and influence. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the college integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, the college engages students from diverse backgrounds in a learning environment uniquely suited to women. Education at the College of St. Catherine prepares graduates to demonstrate ethical leadership grounded in social responsibility.



Betty McCollum '87 - U.S. congresswoman Ruth Koscielak '78 - Broadcasting pioneer and radio personality Carol Radaich Schumacher �68 - Won the 1998 Thomas J. Roberts Award for comprehensive contributions to bird research Sara Hietpas Gavin �77 - Managing director, Weber Shandwick Worldwide Mary Jo McGuire '78 - Minnesota senator and former Minnesota state representative Rebecca Koenig Roloff �76 - CEO, Minneapolis YWCA Janet Dolan �71 - President and CEO, Tennant Company (retired) Carol Ronning Kapsner �69 - Supreme court justice, State of North Dakota Heather M. Hodges �68 - Former U.S. ambassador to Ecuador and Moldova Nancy Youngblut �75 - Played Kolana in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and Scarlet Forest in ABC�s "One Life to Live" Joan Gregoryk �66 - Founder and music director, the Children�s Chorus of Washington Colleen Donahue Thompson �60 - President, Ridgewater Community and Technical College, Willmar, Minnesota Pamela Wheelock �81 - Vice president for University Services, University of Minnesota; former executive vice president and CFO, Minnesota Wild; deputy mayor City of St. Paul Emily Niemeyer Anderson �33 - Inventor, sour-cream and onion-flavored potato chips