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2014 Santa Fe Homecoming Public Events

Posted by Chris Gruber on August 23, 2014

Media Contact: Lisa Neal 
lneal(at); 505 984 6120



St. John’s College 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues 
With Homecoming 2014 and Launch of Digital Magazine

Homecoming festivities for students, alumni and the Santa Fe Community include chocolate making class, dream workshop and launch party for new digital magazine the weekend of Sept 19-22nd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; September 9, 2014—Santa Fe, New Mexico—Continuing the celebration of its 50th year in Santa Fe, St. John’s College invites students, alumni, faculty, staff and the Santa Fe community to participate in the 2014 Homecoming festivities slated for Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21,2014. 


On Friday evening the college will host a launch party for its new digital magazine, Rational Animal, at Junction Bar & Grill in the Railyard. Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Santa Fe Campus, the magazine features original writing, ideas and humor as well as interesting, quirky and insightful stories about alumni, students, tutors, staff and friends of St. John’s College. The magazine is available for free download at the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The theme of Rational Animal’s inaugural issue is Food + Wine and the launch party will feature food, cocktails and giveaways. The Santa Fe community is encouraged to attend. Rational Animal Launch Party—Friday September 19 from 7:00-10:00 p.m., Junction Bar & Grill, 530 S. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe. The first 50 people to arrive and show that they have downloaded the magazine on a digital device will receive a complimentary Rational Animal signature cocktail. 


On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., St. John’s College alum Lael Gold, Ph.D., will present a lecture on dreams entitled, “All that Matter of the Living Air: Dreams and the Western Tradition”. Gold, who is also a stand-up comedian and a literature scholar, provides dream-based counsel to clients worldwide. Her lecture will consider the relationship among prophetic, philosophical and scientific modes of knowing and the potential role of dreams in personal and civic life. She will share some little known but well documented stories of dreams in history and provide a few simple, powerful tools for making good use of our dreams. Dream Lecture—Saturday, September 20at 3:00-4:30 p.m., St. John’s College Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center. For information on additional workshops offered in Santa Fe post-Homecoming, please visit


On Sunday afternoon, the College will host a chile-themed chocolate making class led by famed chocolatier and St. John’s College alum Lauren Gockley. Named one of Dessert Professional’s “Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America,” Gockley was trained at the prestigious L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat and is the owner of Coda Chocolate, known for its incomparable flavors, limited edition chocolates and customized creations for a variety of clients. The chile-themed class will discuss chocolate from a historical perspective and participants will have the opportunity to create authentic hot-cocoa, moldable milk chocolate and chocolate truffles flavored with New Mexico chiles, while learning techniques and recipes that can be used at home. Chocolate Class—Sunday, September 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., St. John’s College Dining Hall. Please note that space in the chocolate class is extremely limited, please register if you would like to participate; additional seating will be available to observe. Lauren Gockley’s special collection of chocolates created especially for St. John’s 50th anniversary will be available for sale following the class. 


St. John’s College’s Homecoming 2014 public events are open to the community and are offered free of charge. For more information or to register for the Chocolate Class, please contact Chris Aamot at 505.984.6114 or alumni(at), or visit





ABOUT ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE: St. John’s College is a private liberal arts college with campuses in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. At St. John’s, students engage directly with the original sources of the ideas that have shaped our world. The collaborative study of seminal works of literature, philosophy, politics, mathematics, science, and music distinguishes the liberal arts at St. John’s. Small classes foster thoughtful and spirited discussions that enable students to wrestle with complex problems and to develop penetrating insights. Students learn to reason carefully, think boldly, and lead perceptively, as they cultivate the excellence of intellect and imagination for which St. John’s graduates are known. In 2014-2015, the college celebrates the founding of the Santa Fe campus. To learn more about St. John's and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Santa Fe campus, please visit