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SLU 50-Year Reunion

Congratulations, Class of 1968: You're a Golden Billiken! Welcome to your class reunion information hub. 50-year reunion logo

Thanks for joining us on campus during Homecoming and Family Weekend! We hope you enjoyed catching up with your classmates at the Golden Billiken Dinner and the Golden Billiken Brunch. Be sure to check out the photos from the events!

View Golden Billiken Dinner photos                       View Golden Billiken Brunch photos

 

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Check out which schools and colleges your classmates graduated from! 


Alumni Spotlights

You will find fellow Saint Louis University alumni working in every field imaginable. Please take a few minutes to read these interesting stories about your fellow Billikens!

Mary Ann Wermers

Mary Ann WermersNursing 1968, 1970
Retired Dean of Health and Sciences at Pikes Peak Community College and Former Vice-President of Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colo.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Current City: Colorado Springs, Colo.

How did your experience at Saint Louis University prepare you for your career and life after SLU?

SLU prepared me to think, ask questions and always look for ways to improve. This was invaluable in a career that included positions from staff nurse to vice-president and from part-time teacher to dean.

What is your favorite SLU memory?

I met my future husband during Oriflamme week my sophomore year; we will celebrate 48 years of marriage this July.

What are you most looking forward to about reunion?

Visiting the campus to see the changes and reacquaint with classmates.

Toby Johnson

Toby JohnsonCollege of Arts & Sciences, 1968
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Current City: Austin, Texas

HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER AND LIFE AFTER SLU?

I read Joseph Campbell in a 1966 Saint Louis U Honors Reading Class and have been an exponent of the comparative religions perspective since. During the 1970s, I lived in San Francisco and received an MA in Religious Studies and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and worked in psychiatric emergency and community mental health. During that time I was on staff for Joseph Campbell’s appearances in Northern California and came to know the renowned mythologist personally.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SLU MEMORY?

What I tell people about my college in St. Louis was seeing the Arch be built and also experiencing the pungent smell of the stockyards and tanning works nearby mixed with the sweet taste in the mouth of saccharin from the Monsanto Plant down on the river. It's become a wonderful nostalgic memory.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT REUNION?

Getting together with the close-knit group of friends I was part of in the Honors Program.

Helene Ballmann Dudley

Helene Ballmann DudleyCollege of Arts & Sciences, 1968
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Current City: Miami, Fla.

HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER AND LIFE AFTER SLU?

Writing for the U News developed skills that served me well throughout my career: interviewing, editing, fact-checking, writing, taking the initiative on projects. While attending fundraising dinners hosted by Father Reinert's nephew in Miami, where the former university president outlined clearly what his administration had hoped to impart to its students, it became quite clear to me that the values I try to live by have their roots in his vision for a St. Louis University education.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SLU MEMORY?

Happy and productive times spent in Chouteau House (now Cupples House) producing the U. News and the "Be-In" we staged there for Emanuel Kant's birthday.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT REUNION?

Reconnecting with friends and acquaintances.

Dave Barbeau

Chaifetz School of Business, 1968
CEO, Barbeau Consulting, LLC
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Current City: Sugar Land, Texas

HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER AND LIFE AFTER SLU?

Saint Louis University prepared me with a great educational foundation that served me well in my career. More importantly, I always remember that the mission is to be a man/woman for others.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SLU MEMORY?

Happy and productive times spent in Chouteau House (now Cupples House) producing the U. News and the "Be-In" we staged there for Emanuel Kant's birthday.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT REUNION?

To see some of my classmates and to see the great improvements made to the campus.

Esther Stevens Breiding

School of Nursing, 1968
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Current City: Grand Haven, Mich.

HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER AND LIFE AFTER SLU?

The education that I received from SLU was invaluable. The Jesuits and others taught me to think outside the box while adhering to the values and requirements of my profession.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SLU MEMORY?

Driving my other three classmates on field trips to see other medical facilities/medical record departments in my Red Opal. Singing in Choral with Dr. Neidlinger and being in the musicals.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT REUNION?

I look forward to reacquainting with my classmates and seeing the campus and the College Church.

We would love to hear about your SLU experience and career! Share your story with fellow classmates by completing our Alumni Spotlight form.


WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE CLASS OF 1968?

You can find your classmates all over the world. The Class of 1968 has representatives living in 14 countries, including Australia, Botswana, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Panama! 1968 top five statesYour class can be found in 48 states across the U.S., as well as Washington, D.C. The top five states in the U.S. to find a 1968 Billiken include:

1.) Missouri, 2.) Illinois, 3.) Florida, 4.) California, 5.) Texas


Make a Gift in Honor of Your 50-Year Reunion

A gift in honor of your reunion supports need-based scholarships, faculty recruitment, academic innovations and unparalleled experiences. For your 50-year reunion, we're hoping to have at least 200 donor participants who will raise at least $250,000.

As of November 26, the Class of 1968's totals are:November giving totalsAll gifts made between January 1 and December 31, 2018 to any area of the University will count in your class total. Please remember, every gift – no matter the size – is meaningful to SLU.

Make a gift today!

Enhance Your Reunion Gift

Sustaining Gifts: A sustaining gift is an easy and affordable way to divide a larger gift into manageable payments. A gift of any amount can be scheduled monthly, quarterly or annually. For reunion campaigns, the full amount of a recurring credit card gift will be recognized for the class reunion gift. Arrangements for a sustaining gift may be made online, with the paper pledge form, or by calling 314-977-2241. 

Matching Gifts: Many companies offer gift-matching programs that can double or triple employees' or retirees' personal gifts. In order to learn whether a company sponsors a gift-matching program and how an employee applies for matching funds, please contact the company's human resources department or by visiting matchinggifts.com/saintlouis