by Cori Hilsgen
The first all-school reunion will be held this weekend, June 28-30, as part of the centennial celebration at the College of St. Benedict.
More than 1,300 alumnae will be returning for a wide variety of events. St. Joseph businesses can expect to see some increased business patronage as “Bennies” from 38 states and four countries return for the reunion.
CSB Director of Media Relations Diane Hageman said they had been anticipating between 700-1,000 alumae to return for the reunion, but as of Tuesday, 1,324 had registered.
Two alumnae from the class of 1939 and two from the class of 1940 are planning on attending. Almost 500 are staying on campus Friday evening and 600 are staying on campus on Saturday evening. One person is traveling from Australia.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.