Saint John's Magazine Winter/Spring 2018

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A Historic Success

Alumni and friends joined at Homecoming 2017 to celebrate the completion of Forward Ever Forward, the most successful capital campaign in Saint John’s history.

tradition. On the next three pages, students share how they use an academic centerpiece – the new Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons – in their learning.

A record 27,200 donors contributed $188 million to the campaign. Of this amount, $121 million has been received for facilities, programs, endowment and operations. The remaining $67 million will come to Saint John’s in the future from outstanding pledges and planned gifts.

By the end of the Fall 2017 semester, 117,640 patrons had visited the renovated Alcuin Library and Learning Commons. That compares to 46,022 in Fall 2015 (the library was closed for renovation in Fall 2016).

Donors’ generosity supports four key areas: Scholarships, Academics, Athletics and Saint John’s Benedictine

Thank you to all who contributed to this campaign’s success and opportunity for Johnnies today and tomorrow. Forward!

(Above from left) Saint John’s University Trustee and campaign co-chair Joe Mucha ’66, former interim SJU President and campaign co-chair Dan Whalen ’70, Board of Trustees chair Marilou Eldred, Abbot John Klassen ’71, OSB, University President Michael Hemesath ’81 and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Rob Culligan ’82 toast the success of the Forward Ever Forward capital campaign during the Oct. 6 celebration. Visit for four short videos of campaign results.