SLU 5-Year Reunion

Class of 2012: Welcome to your class reunion information hub! We'll be updating information frequently, so be sure to bookmark the page.

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Class of 2012 Reunion Event

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Alumni Spotlights

A sneak peek at what your fellow Billikens have been up to since graduation.

Jon and Ashley (Poth) Schwendeman

Jon & AshleyJon (JCSB) & Ashley (Doisy) // Richmond Heights, Missouri

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

SLU taught us the importance of always doing the right thing to help your neighbor. In finance and in health care, sometimes the easy thing and the right thing do not always align. SLU helped us prioritize our value of looking after the poor and marginalized by always doing what is right. Jon is a financial advisor at Edward Jones and Ashley is a physical therapist with Peak Sport and Spine.

What is your favorite SLU memory?

Since we spent our study abroad semester in separate continents, our favorite memory together would be watching Kwamain hit a deep three to help the Billikens beat Dayton in overtime in the Blue Out sophomore year after the Mardi Gras parade downtown.

What are you most looking forward to about reunion?

Seeing old friends again and sharing some great SLU memories. We can't wait!

Amber Villarreal

Nurs '12 // Wichita, Kansas
Travel Emergency Room Nurse

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

SLU-SON prepared me to be a leader in the health care community; my SLU education taught me how to provide compassionate patient-centered care that not only focuses on the individual's body but — equally important — their mind and soul. I use the values I learned at SLU in my practice every day as a nurse. During my senior year at SLU, I enrolled in a family violence nursing class. The knowledge that I learned from this class directly influenced me to pursue work and become certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/ Forensic Nurse for two years in Kansas. Nowadays, I take care of a wide variety of patients working full time as a traveling Adult and Pediatric Emergency Room Nurse specialized in Trauma.

What is your favorite SLU memory?

My favorite memory at SLU was when I was a junior when I learned piano and I would practice playing, "Rainbow Connection" on the grand pianos in Xavier Hall.

What are you most looking forward to about reunion?

Catching up and spending time with my classmates.

Kellen J. Gracey

A&S '12 & '13 // Allentown, Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor, DeSales University

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

The SLU faculty were particularly influential in preparing me for a career in academics. SLU is full of fantastic people eager and able to recognize strengths and passions in their students. The professors who guided me through both my BA and MA were critical pieces of my success after SLU, as they helped me properly prepare for challenges I'd face in graduate school in Iowa. Even today they continue to be an important part of my academic and professional life. I routinely communicate with many of them, who are now colleagues. SLU faculty are passionate about their work and students, and this passion more than prepared me for my career and life after SLU.

What is your favorite SLU memory?

Working in the library during the renovations. The updates being done to the building would routinely block off access to different parts of the library, meaning staff would have to retrieve materials quite often for patrons. There is something magical about wandering around Pius Library alone in the middle of the night, browsing shelves and looking for books.

What are you most looking forward to about reunion?

Finding out where everybody ended up! I think it's fun to catch up and see where all my classmates ultimately landed. We would love to hear about your SLU experience and career! Share your story with fellow classmates by completing our Alumni Spotlight form.

Brianne (Keller) Ernst

Doisy '12 & '14 // Eureka, Missouri
Center Therapy Director at Concentra, Center Coordinator for Clinical Education for the St. Louis Region

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

It really allowed me to gain experience in the physical therapy profession through clinical rotations and cultural experiences. I was able to study abroad at the SLU Madrid campus, and the experiences abroad helped me to view life from a different perspective. Through the physical therapy program, I was able to experience a variety of settings to find my niche practice, which I had never previously considered. The physical therapy faculty helped me hone my skills and grow as a confident physical therapist who treats the whole person, not just the disease.

What is your favorite SLU memory?

It is really difficult to pick just one favorite SLU memory, but one of my most memorable experiences was being a part of the Micah Program. Being able to live, learn, pray and do community service activities with other students who have the same values and passions really enhanced my experience at SLU. This program truly allowed me to be myself and to explore parts of me that I didn't know I had, because I knew I had a family of fellow Micahs supporting me and loving me the entire way. I am so blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful community, and I will treasure all of the memories that I made and the experiences that I had with these amazing people throughout my years at SLU.

What are you most looking forward to about reunion?

I am most looking forward to reuniting with classmates who have moved to other states across the country since graduation, especially those from the Micah Program. The Micah Program is hosting a 20th anniversary celebration, so Micahs from previous years will be there, as well, to celebrate. It will be great to see everyone again!

Sherry D. Wright-Gully

SPS '12 // O'Fallon, Illinois
Administrative Assistant, Saint Louis University

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

My public speaking skills have greatly increased. I am humbled to say that I am a licensed minister now and was ordained on June 3, 2017.

What is your favorite SLU memory?

Graduation, as it is an accomplishment of which I am proud.

What are you most looking forward to about reunion?

Updated fellowship with classmates and networking.

 


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Make a Gift in Honor of Your 5-Year Reunion 

A gift in honor of your reunion supports need-based scholarships, faculty recruitment, academic innovations, and unparalleled experiences. For your 5-year reunion, we're hoping to have at least 150 donor participants who will raise at least $8,000. 

As of October 16, the Class of 2012's totals are:2012 October updateAll gifts made from January 1–December 31, 2017 – to any area of the University – will count in your class total. Please remember, every gift – no matter the size – is meaningful to SLU.

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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 314-977-2341. 

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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.

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Reach out to old friends and invite them back to campus to celebrate this exciting milestone! No matter the amount of time you are able to commit, we have an opportunity for you. Sign up now to become a Reunion Volunteer!