Saint John's Magazine Winter/Spring 2014

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Gina Benson ’84

View from Collegeville

Gagliardi Honored Live on ESPN Former SJU head football coach John Gagliardi (R) received the National College Football Awards Association’s Contributions to College Football Award during the Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 12. The ceremony, hosted by ESPN commentator Chris Fowler (L), was televised live on ESPN.

Lee Hanley ’58

Saint John’s Arboretum Announces New Name

New Book on J.F. Powers Receives Critical Acclaim Katherine A. Powers, daughter of National Book Award winner and SJU faculty member J.F. Powers (1917-99), was on campus this fall to read from a new book she edited on her father. Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963, is a collection of J.F. Powers’ personal letters and journal entries. J.F. Powers won the 1963 National Book Award for his first novel, Morte d’Urban. Powers and his wife, author Betty Wahl ’45, and their five children moved back and forth from Ireland three times before finally settling in Collegeville in 1975. This new book sheds light on the struggles of two writers who spent the better part of their careers in search of “suitable accommodations.” The book has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal.


Saint John’s Arboretum, the environmental and outdoor education arm of SJU, recently changed its name to Saint John’s Outdoor University. The more than 2,500 acres of Saint John’s Abbey land, where much of the education programming takes place, is now designated as Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum. Founded as a natural arboretum in 1997 by Paul Schwietz, OSB, of Saint John’s Abbey, Saint John’s Arboretum has been dedicated to environmental education, land stewardship, and spiritual renewal for the last 16 years. Saint John’s Outdoor University will continue to use field-based science education, outdoor family events and leadership and teambuilding activities to give people the tools to experience, enjoy and make responsible decisions for the outdoors. Saint John’s Outdoor University is a member-supported organization. Upcoming events, opportunities to get involved and more information can be found at