Family Weekend 2015 Schedule


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Friday September 11th

5:00 - 7:00 PM Alex Kuno Artist Talk Alice R. Rogers & Target Galleries, SJU
6:00 - 9:00 PM Rock Wall Climbing Palaestra Climbing Wall, SJU
8:00 - 8:30 PM Johnnie Blend Stephen B. Humphrey, SJU
9:00 - 10:00 PM Magician Jared Sherlock Stephen B. Humphrey, SJU

Saturday September 12th

*9:00 AM Campus Ministry 5K SJU Sugar Shack
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bookstore Activities CSB and SJU Bookstore
*10:45 AM - 12:45 PM Chili Luncheon Guild Hall, SJU
*11:00 - 11:30 AM Solar Tour McKeown Center, SJU
*1:00 PM Johnnie Football vs. BVU Clemens Stadium
1:00 - 4:00 PM Open Beach Lake Sagatagen Beach, SJU
3:00 - 6:00 PM Carnival and Bingo CSB Mall
3:00 - 3:45 PM Arts and Heritage Tour Gathering Place, CSB
3:00 - 3:45 PM Sacred Spaces Tour Gathering Place, CSB
3:45 - 4:30 PM Arts and Heritage Tour Gathering Place, CSB
3:45 - 4:30 PM Sacred Spaces Tour Gathering Place, CSB
4:15 PM Mass Abbey Church, SJU
6:30 - 8:30 PM Family Game Night O'Connell's, CSB
*7:30 PM FAS: The Wailers Escher Auditorium, CSB

Sunday September 13th

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Brunch Gorecki Dining Center, CSB
10:30 AM Mass Abbey Church, SJU
10:30 AM Mass Sacred Heart Chapel, CSB
10:45 AM - 1:30 PM Brunch The Refectory, SJU
12:00 - 2:00 PM Family Swim Murray Hall Pool, CSB
12:00 - 4:00 PM Open Gym HCC Fieldhouse, CSB
1:00 - 4:00 PM Rock Wall Climbing Palaestra Climbing Wall, SJU
6:00 PM Student Mass Sacred Heart Chapel, CSB
9:00 PM Student Mass Abbey Church, SJU


Open Gym will be held on Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th from 6:00 - 10:00 PM in the HCC, Fieldhouse at CSB.

* Denotes an event that requires registration or purchase of a ticket.

Alex Kuno: The Miscreants of Tiny Town Gallery Exhibition

Alex Kuno created a series of interwoven, darkly satirical fairy tale vignettes in his work The Miscreants of Tiny Town. This series presents the trials and tribulations of wayward children in various forms through mixed media paintings on hand carved pieces of wood, drawings on paper, sculpture and installation. These pieces are playful investigations of longings, fears and dark stories from childhood that have shaped our adult anxieties and understanding of the real-world, large-scale cultural, economic and environmental change.

For more information on this event and to read a statement from artist Alex Kuno, click here. This event is free of charge and does not require pre-registration.

Open Rock Climbing

Looking for a challenge this Family Weekend that is both fun and good for your health? Come over to the St. John's Rock Climbing Wall at the Palaestra for free rock climbing with your family! All participants under 18 years of age must also have a legal guardian present. To print waivers or find out more information about the climbing wall visit the SJU Rock Climbing Wall here. Waivers can be printed directly here.

Johnnie Blend

Featuring of some of the best vocalists at Saint John's University, Johnnie Blend is a high-energy men's a capella group comprised of 8 talented singers. Johnnie Blend groups have recorded CD's (available in the bookstores!), put on workshops, produced music videos, and opened for some of the finest acts on campus - as well as performing in front of full auditoriums at CSB/SJU. Johnnie Blend performs all kinds of music from a myriad of genres for the whole family to enjoy!

 Join us for an evening of music, magic, and the magic of music!

Jared Sherlock

Jared Sherlock graduated with distinction from Saint John's University in 2011 where he received a B.A. in Theater Entrepreneurship. He is also a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater's summer intensive program in Blue Lake, California. As an actor, The American College Theater Festival has nominated him twice for the Irene Ryan award for his performances in Our Town (2008) and Macbeth (2010). As an award-winning entrepreneur, and a classically trained illusionist, Jared performs for theaters, corporate events, and fundraisers nationwide. He has also toured internationally in Shanghai, China and Hong Kong.

Jared and his Minneapolis-based production company, Sherlock Studios LLC, is a popular consultant with Twin Cities Theater, holding professional credits with Cardinal Theatricals and The Moving Company. His work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal online, MSN Money, and the internationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio show. In 2010, Saint John's University named him the Student Entrepreneur of the year. In 2008, recognized Jared as one of the United State's Top 20 Dorm-based Businesses. Free event, no registration required.

Family Weekend Information Table

Looking for your Bennie or Johnnie's residential hall? Want to get more information about a Family Weekend event? Stop by the Family Weekend information table on Saturday morning and your friendly Student Activities and Leadership Development staff will gladly assist you!

Campus Ministry 5K Fun Run

CSB and SJU Campus Ministries will be hosting the 14th Annual 5K Family Fun Run, with the proceeds benefitting the Alternative Break Experience (ABE) programs. This event is a great way to explore the Arboretum and St. John's, while supporting a great cause! The 5K Family Fun Run also raises money to provide scholarships for students to participate in Alternative Break Experience programs.

 The cost is $25 for participants ages 15+ and $20 for those 14 and under, as well as CSB/SJU students, faculty and staff. Each participant is guaranteed a 5K Fun Run T-shirt! Be sure to register at least a week in advance to ensure your shirt size is available the day of the event. Otherwise, it will be mailed to your home address. 

Bookstore Activities

Come to the St. Ben's and/or St. John's Bookstore to participate in free bookstore activities or to shop the Family Weekend sales to find gifts for all ages!

Chili Luncheon

Join us for a delicious lunch before watching the Johnnies play! The traditional Chili Luncheon will be held in Guild Hall at SJU on Saturday morning. Participants may purchase tickets online or at the door. We hope to see you and your family members at this annual Family Weekend tradition!

St. John's Solar Tour

The solar array at St. John's is the first highly visible step in achieving carbon neutrality and demonstrates our commitment to the American College and Universities President's Climate Commitment and to the Benedictine Value of stewardship. St. John's hopes this large-scale project will pave the way for clean energy in Minnesota. The SJU Office of Sustainability will guide you through the solar array while giving background on the St. John's project and provide some information on the use of solar power today. Pre-register to reserve your spot on this wonderful tour through the Solar Farm.

Johnnie Football vs. Buena Vista University

Come and support SJU's own four-time National Champions Johnnie Football team as they take on Buena Vista University! To experience an exciting day of sports and the unique camraderie of CSB/SJU, purchase your tickets here. To learn more about Johnnie Football and the team's rich history, click here.

Family Weekend Carnival and Bingo

The Family Weekend Carnival and Bingo is truly an event for the whole family! Enjoy some friendly competition at the various booths and classic carnival games. Win amazing prizes at bingo, or get a caricature of you and your family to take home!

The Family Weekend Carnival is an ideal event to spend quality time together as a family! See you on the CSB Mall after the football game for a great afternoon of family fun!

OSB Sacred Spaces Tour

Join the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict on a tour of some of the sacred spaces here at St. Benecict's Monastery. The Sacred Spaces Tour includes the Gathering Place. Sacred Heart Chapel (shared by the monastery and the college), Blessed Sacrament Chapel and the Oratory. All are in one building with elevator accesibility. If time permits we can view the first floor of the Monastery and Monastery Dining Room. Sacred Heart Chapel celebrated 100 years in 2014.

Meet in the Gathering Place - go up the front steps where you see the green dome of Sacred Heart Chapel. 

Family Game Night

Join the Joint Events Council in O'Connell's for some family friendly games. Enjoy a relaxing evening of board games and trivia. Family Game Night is a great way to spend time together as a family as you unwind from an exciting day!

FAS: The Wailers

Looking for a memorable musical experience during Family Weekend? Look no further than the Fine Arts Series programming of The Wailers. Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they've notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. This is a can't-miss event!

This performance will take place at 7:30 PM in the Escher Auditorium at CSB. Tickets are offered at a special discounted price for Family Weekend participants. Adult tickets are $15 and child/student tickets are $10. 


Join students for Brunch at the Gorekci Dinning Center or Saint John's Refectory.  To see what's on the menu, please visit CSB/SJU's dining webpage.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.


Join the monastic community by celebrating Mass in either the Abbey Church (SJU) or Sacred Heart Chapel (CSB).

Family Swim

Sit back, relax, and swim with your family at the CSB Pool!