Thursday, December 13, 2007

Brother William Mann named 13th president of Saint Mary's University

Brother William Mann, FSC, D.Min.

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Board of Trustees announced Thursday, Dec. 13, that Brother William Mann, FSC, D.Min., has been named the 13th president of the university. Mann will begin his term of office on June 1, 2008.

Mann, 60, is the former Vicar General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. As Vicar General, he was the second-highest officer of the international Catholic teaching order that comprises 5,300 Christian Brothers, working in association with 73,000 lay educators to operate 930 schools and universities serving 900,000 students in 82 countries.
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Chancellor Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, Ph.D., has led Saint Mary’s University this past year during the national search for a new president. DeThomasis reassumed the duties of president in February, 2007, after previously serving Saint Mary’s for 21 years in that capacity.

DeThomasis said “Saint Mary’s is so fortunate to have as its new president an internationally recognized educational leader. Brother William Mann is also a renowned Lasallian scholar, who will enhance our vision and mission as a Lasallian institution of higher education.”

DeThomasis added that Mann’s “vast international experience will advance our efforts to bring global education to our students. His experience with multicultural, diverse populations allows him to offer a unique gift to our university setting, and brings a new dimension to the intellectual and spiritual life of students and faculty.”

“We are delighted with the international reputation and stature of our new president,” said Michael Meagher, chairman of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees. “The board was impressed with his wisdom, sensitivity, and obvious commitment and dedication to education.”

Mann has spent almost 30 years traveling around the country and the world as a leader in the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and as a guiding force in the evolution of the Lasallian educational global network.

“I am excited at the opportunity to focus my experience and passion for the Lasallian educational mission at Saint Mary’s University,” Mann said. He noted that “the many facets of Saint Mary’s are interesting and inspiring, and I believe the university is well-positioned to continue doing great good” within the society of the 21st century.

Mann served in Rome from 2000-07 as Vicar General, a leader with far-ranging responsibilities within the international governance structure of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

A native of New York City, Mann joined the Christian Brothers in 1965. He began his career as an English and religion teacher, working from 1970-79 at two Christian Brother high schools in New York and Rhode Island. He then held positions directing Christian Brother formation for the Long Island-New England Province and USA/Toronto Region, and from 1990-96 he was International Secretary of Formation in Rome. He later served as Delegate Superior for India, and as Provincial for the LI-NE Province, which operates 10 educational institutions in New York City and Rhode Island.

Mann has also been an organizer, member, delegate and presenter for numerous Lasallian commissions and symposiums. He was a member of the boards of several Christian Brother schools in New York and Rhode Island, and he served on the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees from 1996-2001.

Mann is a noted scholar and writer on the life and teachings of John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the patron saint of educators. He has authored and edited numerous publications examining De La Salle’s writings and spirituality, putting them into context for Lasallian educators in today’s world.

Mann’s educational background includes a B.A. in English Literature from The Catholic University of America, an M.A. in Liberal Studies - Literature from State University of New York at Stony Brook, an M.A. in Spirituality from Salve Regina University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Family Ministry from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

The Kabara Institute to host student competition

All SMU Winona campus full-time undergraduates are encouraged to submit business plans for a student-run, on-campus business, hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by groups of no more than three students. There is a limit of two proposals per student.

Each proposal should include:
• a concept statement
• anticipated startup costs
• a preliminary marketing plan
• potential suppliers and/or manufacturing processes (as applicable)
• a discussion of operating considerations (staffing, operating hours, etc.)
• pro-forma financial statements for the first year of operation
• contact information for the individuals submitting the proposal

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Entries will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposal and its feasibility, ability to involve students in the operation of the business, and creativity.

The business may not directly compete with services or products offered by the campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore or Chartwells. Plans which call for implementation of illegal or unethical practices will not be considered. Winning proposals become property of SMU and may be implemented at the university’s discretion.

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2008. Prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded for meritorious qualifying projects: $900 for first place; $400 for second place; and $200 for third place. Winners will be honored and will make a presentation at the SMU Chicago Convention at the end of February.

Questions and proposals should be directed to
Teresa Speck, Campus Box 56, Ext. 1449 or tspeck@smumn.edu.

Bible Art Exhibit on display at Cathedral in Winona

Rob McColl of the Department of Art & Design and a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), was instrumental in bringing a CIVA exhibit of Bible images to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. The exhibit is a collection of about 40 molas depicting Bible scenes. Molas are the native art form of the woman of the San Blas Island off of Panama. They are textile panels that traditionally serve as the main part of the blouses that the women wear.

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart has recently undergone a dramatic renovation to bring it more in line with the Catholic Church’s guidelines on liturgical spaces. Among the changes is a new gathering space. The Rector of the Cathedral approached Dr. Eileen Daily, Theology Department, during the summer about collaborating on a way to make visual art a regular part of the space. Look for news about future exhibitions of religious art at the Cathedral in this space.
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The Cathedral is open most days from about 9 until 3. People are welcome to enter the gathering space from the Central Street entrance and view the exhibit and read more about the Kuna Indian women. The works are accompanied by reflection questions that make this a lovely advent or Christmas reflection for the whole family. The descriptions are printed in English and Spanish. The Cathedral wants the town to know that the molas are there for everyone to enjoy, not just Catholics. If you want to bring a group from your church, please call the Cathedral rectory to arrange a time. Or for more information contact Daily at Ext. 1743.

Free massages available at Wellness Center

Student Health Services in the Jay Johnson Wellness Center, with financial support from SAC, will be offering free head and neck massages today for students studying for finals.

Call Ext. 1492 for an appointment. Appointments are limited.

Jazz events

Swing Inc. with Eric Heukeshoven performs Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Waterfront in La Crosse and 6:30 to 10:3 p.m. Dec. 31 at Signatures in Winona.

The John Paulson Jazz Quartet performs 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Canadian Honker in Rochester.

Christmas dinner is Dec. 18

The annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the dining room of the Toner Student Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Maloney named first provost at Marian College

Dr. Daniel Maloney, former Saint Mary’s University administrator, has been named the first provost of Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wis., effective Jan. 1. Dr. Maloney has served at Marian since 2001; he is currently a tenured faculty member in the School of Education’s graduate program in Leadership Studies. He is also president of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Maloney previously served at Saint Mary’s University in many high-level administrative capacities, including executive vice president, vice president at the Twin Cities campus, vice president for student development, and vice president for finance and administration.

Reminder: last ‘Campus Notes’ until next year

Look ahead on your calendars. The next issue of “Campus Notes” will be Jan. 11. The deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Sympathy to Connor family

Bill Connor, brother of Robert Connor, associate dean for London and Florence Programs and associate professor of theology, died Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Funeral services were held in Peterborough, N.H. Notes of sympathy can be sent to Bob at campus box 55.

Sympathy to McClean family

Philip McClean, a Saint Mary’s physics teacher and graduate office administrator in the late ’60s and early ’70s, died Oct. 11 in Bethesda, Md.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Save the date for October symposium featuring author Sylvia Nasar

The Faculty Development Committee and the Symposium Planning Committee, with support from the Office of the Provost and the vice president for academic affairs, announce a symposium titled “Global Citizenship: Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century” to be held at Saint Mary’s Winona campus, Oct. 30-31, 2008. Presentations and participants from surrounding colleges/universities and community organizations are planned over the better part of the two days.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sylvia Nasar of Columbia University, New York and author of “A Beautiful Mind.” Dr. Nasar will speak in regard to the history and impact of economic globalization on the evening of Oct. 30.

These events are currently scheduled for the Common Room, third floor Saint Mary’s.

Saint Mary’s concert features jazz, percussion ensembles

Saint Mary’s will host an evening of rhythmic jazz and the unique ethnic sounds of Batucada Nossa Senhora, beginning at 7:30 p.m. today, Dec. 7, at Page Theatre.

The 18-piece Saint Mary’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I, under the direction of Dr. John Paulson, will burn away any thoughts of snow when they perform with Wisconsin vocalist and swing singer Judi K.
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Her two recordings, “It’s Been A Long, Long Time” and “I’m Nobody’s Baby,” featured the talents of Jim Beebe, Jethro Burns, Truck Parham, Connie Jones and tenor-saxophonist Franz Jackson.

The SMU big band’s set with Judi K will include an arrangement of Irving Mill’s ever-popular “Moonglow” and Johnny Mercer’s “I Remember You.” Judi will also jam with Jazz Combo I on Ellington’s famous tune “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Dave Wolpe arranged all of these pieces. Other soloists with the big band include alto saxophonist Vanessa Grams performing a Mike Tomaro arrangement of Thelonius Monk’s haunting melody “’Round Midnight.” Tenor saxophonist Tony Freeman will solo on several selections with the jazz combo as well as the big band, including “Cold Duck” by Eddie Harris, arranged by Mark Taylor, and Horace Silver’s uptempo tune “Sister Sadie,” arranged by Bryan Kidd.

The SMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will tour the Twin Cities in January, and then attend the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Convention in Toronto, Ont., Jan. 9-13.

Also during the evening of Dec. 7, the SMU Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and the voice of Judi K will all join forces with Batucada Nossa Senhora (percussion ensemble of our lady). The ethnic drum group, under the direction of Denny McGuire, will warm your hearts with two forms of Maracatu from Bahia in Northeastern Brazil, a West African drum medley from the Ewe people of Ghana, and a set of Sambas from Brazil.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Patronal Feast to be celebrated today in the Chapel

Today, Dec. 7, the campus community will celebrate the Patronal Feast Mass at 12:10 p.m. in the Chapel. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Pre-Finals Breakfast scheduled for Dec. 13

The Office of the Provost and Chartwells Food Service will again sponsor the Pre-Finals Christmas Breakfast for students.

All faculty are invited to participate in this event. The breakfast will be served in the Toner Center Dining Room on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 10-11:30 p.m. This popular event is usually attended by at least 650 students. About 30 faculty and staff assist with cooking, serving, and cleaning up. By tradition, second-year full-time faculty are asked to help cook from 9-10:30 p.m. First-year full-time faculty are asked to cook and clean up from 10:15-11:45 p.m. However, all faculty and staff are welcome to participate in this festive event.

Christmas carols and a visit from Santa are planned.

Christmas light service nears; singers, musicians needed

Singers and musicians are needed for this year’s Christmas Light Service, on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel. The Christmas Light Service is a Saint Mary’s tradition in which the community gathers to hear the nativity story, sing Christmas carols and light candles. The event concludes around 10 p.m. There will be a rehearsal at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11, and a 7:30 p.m. final rehearsal will be held on Dec. 13. Contact Rebecca Sallee in the Office of Campus Ministry to sign up or for more details.

Gifts due back to SMU Gifts for Winona trees on Dec. 13

Gifts are due back to the SMU Gifts for Winona trees by Dec. 13. Monetary donations are still being accepted; please make the check payable to SMU and send to Gifts for Winona, Box #8 or drop off at the Student Service windows. This year SMU is helping more than 1,550 people have a happier holiday season. Look for our students, faculty and staff this weekend at Kmart and Shopko from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they’ll be wrapping presents!

Theatre department hosts student performances

Upcoming Theatre Department student events include:

• Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m. (Valéncia Arts Center Theatre), “Duck Variations” by David Mamet (directed by Andrew Winecke ’08); and “Cowboy Mouth“ by Sam Shepard (directed by Walt Claassen ’08)
• Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Senior Portfolio Display (Performance Center Lobby)
• Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Acting and Musical Theatre Showcase (Figliulo Recital Hall)

Donate to Toys for Teens collection next week

Donate a toy for a needy teen this holiday season. The Cardinal Athletic Council will be collecting toys during lunch and dinner hours in the Toner Student Center foyer for Toys for Teens. They will accept donations until Saturday, Dec. 15.

McCullough edits documentary about U Sam Oeur

Ken McCullough, PASS program, Academic Advising, was recently in New York for three days to help edit the documentary “Song of the Dove,” about Cambodian writer U Sam Oeur. McCullough's participation was sponsored by the Martin Foundation, New Mexico.

Jazz events

Swing Inc., including Eric Heukeshoven, performs 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Canadian Honker in Rochester.

The John Paulson Jazz Quartet performs 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Canadian Honker in Rochester.

Reminder: last ‘Campus Notes’ is next week

Look ahead on your calendars. Because of Christmas break, next week is the last “Campus Notes.” The deadline for the Dec. 14 issue is Wednesday, Dec. 12. The next issue will be Jan. 11.

Christmas dinner is Dec. 18

Get your RSVPs in for the annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the dining room of the Toner Student Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Sympathy to Farren family

Tom Farren, a long-time member of the Saint Mary’s Athletic Department, died Friday, Nov. 30. He collapsed while working in the ice arena. Farren was currently serving as head men’s golf coach, ice facility manager, and men’s hockey equipment manager. Since coming to Saint Mary’s in 1981, Tom had also served as assistant men’s hockey coach; head coach of men’s soccer, men's tennis and women's tennis; physical education instructor; athletic fields supervisor; and residence hall director. A memorial service was held on campus Wednesday. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Farren family.

Friday, November 30, 2007

SMU joins Sustain Winona environmental effort

Saint Mary’s University has joined with five other major Winona public and private institutions to look for ways to lessen our impact on the global environment. At a press conference today, the “Sustain Winona” initiative was announced to the public. Partners include Saint Mary's, Winona State University, Minnesota State College SE Technical, Winona Area Public Schools, Winona County, and the City of Winona.

The public and private, government and education collaboration is believed to be unique in the nation. The six local organizations will work together in coming months and years to achieve certification as an ISO 14001 community. That means all of the organizations will eventually meet international standards for energy-efficient and environment-friendly operations.

The first of four community workshops was held today to introduce the ISO 14001 standards, and the Environmental Management System process that will lead to certification. The workshops will be facilitated by Purdue University’s Clean Manufacturing Technology Institute. There will be other related community events, such as a December workshop on building efficiency held at SMU, and a February conference on “green” buildings hosted by WSU.

Look for more information about Saint Mary’s involvement with Sustain Winona in coming months. If you have questions, contact Bob Conover, vice president for communication and marketing, Ext. 1496 or bconover@smumn.edu. To learn more about Sustain Winona, go online to www.sustainwinona.org.

Saint Mary’s names 9 to new SGPP Board of Regents

Nine Twin Cities community leaders have been named to the new Saint Mary’s University Board of Regents. The regents will counsel the president and Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs administration regarding long-range and programmatic strategic planning. Brother Louis DeThomasis, chancellor, appointed the regents to serve three-year terms.

The members of the Board of Regents include: Kent Eklund, president, Fairview Foundation, Minneapolis; Farley S. Kaufmann, partner, Lurie Besikof Lapidus and Company, L.L.P, Minneapolis; G. Carlos Lopez, president, Casa Travel, Inc., Burnsville; Russell V. Michaletz, partner, Deloitte Tax L.L.P., Minneapolis; John Montague, president, Muve Inc., Minneapolis; Julie Morath, chief operating officer, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis; Kaye O’Leary, chief financial officer, Buca, Inc., Minneapolis; and Willie Mae Wilson, former president and chief executive officer, Saint Paul Urban League, Saint Paul. The first chairman of the board is Loras H. Sieve, retired, General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis.

Saint Mary’s earns All-Steinway distinction

Saint Mary’s has received the distinction of being named an All-Steinway School. The honor demonstrates Saint Mary’s commitment to excellence by providing students and faculty with the best possible instruments for both study and performance.

In order to be eligible for the All-Steinway School distinction, Saint Mary’s made the commitment to offer to its students only instruments designed and built by Steinway & Sons.

“The name Steinway brings a level of integrity and validity that is instant,” said Dr. Ned Kirk, chairman of the Department of Music. “It means that Saint Mary’s is truly dedicated to providing the best for our students.”

Steinway is a name traditionally associated with excellence in piano craftsmanship. Steinway pianos are known for their longevity, and most Steinway instruments appreciate in value over time. Each piano is handcrafted, which can take up to one full year per instrument.

The inspiration to become a Steinway school came from long-time friends of the university, Bob Kierlin and Mary Burrichter. The Winona couple donated a newly restored 1931 Steinway piano to the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. The concert piano, worth more than $100,000, was carefully restored 18 months ago. Saint Mary’s University has the additional honor of using the piano throughout the school year as its concert instrument.

Only 60 colleges and universities in the United States have been designated All-Steinway Schools, including six in Minnesota: Gustavus Adolphus; University of Minnesota, Morris; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Bemidji State University; and Concordia University, St. Paul.

Noted faculty featured in new Canon Law program at SMU

An innovative two-year Graduate Certificate in Canon Law program is now accepting applications for a summer 2008 debut at Saint Mary’s.

The program, featuring noted experts as faculty, will be offered to a national student body by the Institute in Pastoral Ministries. Students will engage in a blended-learning format, with both an online delivery as well as a two-week summer residency.

The two-year program will run in conjunction with the Institute’s master degree programs in Pastoral Ministry and Pastoral Administration. The first summer residency is June 16 - 28, 2008, with a second residency planned for summer, 2009.

The Graduate Certificate in Canon Law is aimed at Roman Catholic Church administrators at all levels, school and health-care administrators, and civil attorneys. The course of study is designed for those who do not seek a pontifical degree in canon law, but require canonical knowledge for administrative or pastoral duties.

The outstanding faculty include: Sr. Dominica Brennan, OP, JCL, chancellor for canonical affairs, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; Rev. Paul Golden, CM, JCD, Vincentian Canonical Services, Denver; Lawrence Price, JD, JCL, director of the tribunal, Diocese of Winona, Minn.; Rev. Daniel Smilanic, adjutant judicial vicar, Archdiocese of Chicago; and Dr. Greg Sobolewski, director of SMU’s Institute in Pastoral Ministries.

For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Canon Law, contact Sobolewski at Ext. 1767 or email gsobolew@smumn.edu. Or go online to www.smumn.edu/ipm.

Saint Mary’s University choirs to present ‘Lessons & Carols’

The Saint Mary’s Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir will present their annual holiday tribute, “Lessons and Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The performance — a celebration of Advent and the Nativity through sung and spoken word — will held at Chapel of Saint Mary’s of the Angels, located on the Saint Teresa campus.

Music will include some familiar carols, as well as selections by Morten Lauridsen, Hans Leo Hassler, Gabriel Fauré, Palestrina and a variety of other composers from Renaissance to the present.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Saint Mary’s concerts feature jazz, percussion ensembles

Saint Mary’s will host an evening of rhythmic jazz and the unique ethnic sounds of Batucada Nossa Senhora, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Page Theatre.

The 18-piece Saint Mary’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I, under the direction of Dr. John Paulson, will burn away any thoughts of snow when they perform with Wisconsin vocalist and swing singer Judi K.

Judi K began her career singing at weddings and in church; it was not until she met the great mandolinist, Jethro Burns, that her career truly began.

Her two recordings, “It’s Been A Long, Long Time” and “I’m Nobody’s Baby,” featured the talents of Jim Beebe, Jethro Burns, Truck Parham, Connie Jones and tenor-saxophonist Franz Jackson.

The big band’s set with Judi K will include an arrangement of Irving Mill’s ever-popular “Moonglow” and Johnny Mercer’s “I Remember You.” Judi will also jam with Jazz Combo I on Ellington’s famous tune “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Dave Wolpe arranged all of the pieces mentioned above. Other soloists with the big band include alto saxophonist Vanessa Grams performing a Mike Tomaro arrangement of Thelonius Monk’s haunting melody “’Round Midnight.” Tenor saxophonist Tony Freeman will solo on several selections with the jazz combo as well as the big band including “Cold Duck” by Eddie Harris, arranged by Mark Taylor, and Horace Silver’s up tempo tune “Sister Sadie,” arranged by Bryan Kidd.

The SMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will tour the Twin Cities in January, and then attend the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Convention in Toronto, Ont., Jan. 9-13, 2008.

Also during the evening of Dec. 7, the SMU Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and the voice of Judi K will all join forces with Batucada Nossa Senhora (percussion ensemble of our lady). Batucada Nossa Senhora, under the direction of Denny McGuire, will warm your hearts with two forms of Maracatu from Bahia in Northeastern Brazil, a West African drum medley from the Ewe people of Ghana, and a set of Sambas from Brazil.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

SMU enters Mayo Scholars Program partnership

In June 2007, Saint Mary’s accepted an invitation to partner with Mayo Clinic and other Minnesota private colleges and universities to offer business and science students a unique opportunity to become a Mayo Scholar.

Other participating schools are Augsburg, Carleton, Concordia (Moorhead), Gustavus Adolphus, Macalaster, St. John’s/St. Ben’s, St. Olaf and St. Thomas.

The Mayo Scholars Program offers an opportunity for selected students to research projects submitted by Mayo Clinic professionals through the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property. The program is a collaborative effort between Mayo Clinic and Minnesota private colleges and universities. Financial support is provided from the Medtronic Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property; administrative support is provided by the Minnesota Private College Council. Student participants may earn academic credit for this experience, with the approval of their department and the program advisors.

Saint Mary’s team members are Amanda Christman, Bethany Kaufmann, Daniel Murray, and Holly Schuh. The Saint Mary’s faculty advisors for 2007-08 are Dr. Tom Marpe (Business Department) and Dr. Randy Krainock (Biology Department). Advisors will work closely with the team on their assigned project, titled “Methods and Material for Treating Digestive Motility Disorders.”

Students will have until March to work on their project, collect research and develop a presentation of their findings. The Saint Mary’s Mayo Scholars Program team will present their final report in March 2008 at the Mayo Clinic. If you have questions about the program, contact one of the advisors mentioned above.

SMU Gifts for Winona trees are up; donations, gifts needed

Last year the Winona community provided holiday gifts to more than 1,400 needy Winona residents. This year we anticipate a greater number due to the recent flooding. In the past, the Saint Mary’s community has helped sponsor individuals and families in need and we are looking for your participation again this year.

We are asking you to either make a monetary donation or take a gift tag from one of the trees located in the Toner Center or Saint Mary’s Hall. Each tag gives you the information you need (wish list, etc.) to purchase a gift.

Please return gifts to Student Services Room 27 by Dec. 13. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please make the check payable to SMU and send to Gifts for Winona, Box #8 or drop off at the Student Service windows.

Breast Cancer Silent Auction Dec. 3-4 in Admission Office

The third annual Breast Cancer auction features: Christmas baskets, restaurant certificates, massage & spa packages, and Mississippi River cruises. The auction also includes Cubs, Vikings, Packers and Timberwolves items — featuring a “Suite Night” at any T-Wolves game this season (22 seats, pop,water & light refreshments — a $4,000 value), a Cubs Hall of Fame Ryne Sandberg autographed baseball, and a Green Bay Packers autographed football commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field!

The auction will be held on Dec. 3-4 in the Admission Office, Hendrickson Center.

If you would like to donate any item or basket for this auction, contact Suzanne Deranek at Ext. 1729.

Conservatory plans Winter Showcase Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Valéncia

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company II and Young Choreographers will present a Winter Showcase Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. — both at the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre.

The DRC II is MCA’s junior performing troupe and showcases students ages 5 to 12 years olds.

The 2007 Winter Showcase presents the DRC II students in classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, creative movement, and a special just-for-boys piece. In addition to viewing the DRC II performers, audience members will enjoy works by the MCA’s Young Choreographers. These high school- and college-aged students participated in a choreography and improvisation class throughout the semester through which they learned how to create their own works.

Tickets cost $7 and are available at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center, located on the corner
of 10th and Vila Streets. To reserve your tickets, call 453-5500. For more information about MCA performances, classes and
programs, visit www.smumn.edu/mca. The Conservatory is an affiliate program of
Saint Mary’s.

Theatre department hosting student performances

Upcoming Theatre Department student events include:

• Monday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. (Studio Theatre), annual directing scenes
• Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m. (Valéncia Arts Center Theatre), “Duck Variations” by David Mamet (directed by Andrew Winecke ’08) and “Cowboy Mouth“ by Sam Shepard (directed by Walt Claassen ’08)
• Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Senior Portfolio Display (Performance Center Lobby)
• Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Acting and Musical Theatre Showcase (Figliulo Recital Hall)

McCullough to perform ‘Child’s Christmas’ twice

Ken McCullough, Academic Advising, PASS program, will perform Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Winona Arts Center, as entertainment for the Artists’ Christmas Sale. McCullough will also perform “Child’s Christmas” on campus at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the President’s Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

Donate to Toys for Teens Collection

Donate a toy for a needy teen this holiday season. The Cardinal Athletic Council will be collecting toys during lunch and dinner hours in the Toner Center foyer for Toys for Teens. They will accept donations until Saturday,
Dec. 5.

Health Advocates to host Mocktail Party

The Saint Mary’s Health Advocates are hosting a Mocktail Party, Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the President’s Room. The party includes live music from Sigma Alpha Iota, beverages, and snacks.

Reserve your spot by calling the health advocate line Ext. 1453 and leaving your name, or by e-mail at healthadvocates@smumn.edu

There is a $4 charge at the door for this event.

Turkey drive winner announced

The winner of this year’s Turkey Drive is Kelly Hall (IHM Seminary). This group had the highest percentage of participation so they will be receiving a catered meal that will be served by the Student Senate Executive Board. Thank you to all who participated. The total number of meals donated was 412.

SMU faculty present at Lasallian conference

Dr. Eileen Daily, Dr. Karen Sorvaag, and Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, attended and presented at the annual Huether Lasallian Conference, Nov. 15-17, in St. Louis.

This year’s conference theme was “Literacy The Gateway to a Human and Christian Education.” Dr. Daily presented “Picturacy? Visual Literacy for a Visual Culture”; Dr. Sorvaag presented “Working with Reluctant Readers and Writers in the Middle School”; and Dr. Fox presented “The Significance of Story,” a Lasallian reflection on the conference’s keynote speakers, Reverend James J. DiGiacomo, S.J. and Sr. Kathleen Ross, SNJM, Ph.D., founding president of Heritage University.

Where to turn for class cancellations

During the winter months, severe weather might necessitate the cancellation of classes. In the event classes are canceled for an entire day, the following area radio stations will announce this:

Winona: KWNO (FM99.3 and AM1230)
KAGE (FM95.3 and AM1380)
KHME (FM101)
La Crosse: WIZM (FM93)
Rochester:KROC (FM106.9 and AM1340)

If a cancellation takes place right before or after a break period, the following will be notified:

Twin Cities: WCCO Radio/TV (AM830/Channel 4)
Chicago: WBBM-AM, WGN-AM (radio stations)
WBBM, WFLD, WGN, WLS, WMAQ (TV stations)

When calling the Emergency Closing Center, 1-312-222-1669, enter SMU’s main telephone number (507) 452-4430 when prompted to do so and you will receive an automated message. You may also check online at www.emergencyclosings.com.

As with any class cancellation, you may refer to the main bulletin board in Saint Mary’s Hall or call the Class Info Line (Ext. 7878 or 457-7878 from off campus).

Senior Class Silent Auction ends today

The Saint Mary’s University senior class silent auction ends today. The event raises money for graduation events and a class gift.

The auction, held in the basement of the Toner Student Center, features items donated by parents of seniors, faculty, staff and local business. Some of the items up for bid include Minnesota Wild tickets, original artwork, an iPod Nano and gift baskets.

The event also integrates a separate silent auction raising money for senior Christy Pickford, who was involved in a serious accident in August and remains in a health care center in Red Wing. A benefit for Pickford was held at Saint Mary’s on Nov. 19, with the silent auction continuing through Nov. 30.

M.Ed. team to present at national meeting

Dr. Roger Peckover, Suzanne Peterson, Pat Christiansen, and Brenda Fischer, members of the Development Team of the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program (M.Ed.), have had their research accepted for presentation at the 2008 annual national meeting of the America Research Association in New York City.

The paper, titled, “Yes, But How Do We Help Teachers Build Generative Communities of Practice in Their Own Workplace,” reports results of an ongoing programmatic study of teachers “apprenticing” as teacher leaders using principles of social constructivist learning to build transformative communities of practice in their workplace. Implications will be reported for helping teachers engage their workplace communities in ways that scaffold participatory engagement, intellectual confidence, collaborative visioning, classroom inquiry-based praxis, and an inner life grounded in a shared learning and a spirit of mutual care.

SMU alum named president of Blackhawks

John McDonough, a 1975 graduate of Saint Mary’s, was named president of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

McDonough, 54, joins the Blackhawks after working in the Chicago Cubs organization for close to 25 years, the last year as team president. As the Cubs chief, and in his previous role as senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting, he was widely viewed as a sports marketing and management innovator who was credited with growing the Cubs’ fan base and attracting sponsorships for one of the most successful pro sports franchises in the country.

Employee changes announced

Departures:
Jennifer Leise, Nov. 30, 2007, Twin Cities — Multi-media Technician.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

SMU Concert Band to present instrumental showcase


The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles will present an instrumental showcase at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

The concert, performed under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will be held at Cotter High School’s Saint Cecilia Theatre.

All faculty and staff may receive one free ticket by contacting the SMU Box Office.

Tickets are $6 for the general public, $4 for students and seniors and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or the Performance Center box office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

SMU Page Series presents Koresh Dance Company Nov. 17













The Saint Mary’s University Page Series will host the unique and exciting Koresh Dance Company, featuring “Looking Back: Music of the ’40s & ’50s” on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The program will feature original dance pieces that break through boundaries of traditional choreography. “Looking Back” evokes all the romance and rebellion of the era, complete with lively jazz and swing choreography, along with a delightful cast of characters and stories. Koresh will showcase a dance experience that will excite audiences of all ages beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre.

The dancers will perform to music from such well-known artists as Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and many more.

Tickets are $22, $16 for seniors, $14 for students and are available by calling the Box Office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

This Page Series event is co-sponsored by the Kaplan Forum on the Jewish Experience.

Benefit for Christy Pickford planned for Nov. 19

A fundraising event will be held Monday, Nov. 19, for SMU senior Christy Pickford. The event, organized by the PR/Business Club, will feature a silent auction, live acoustic music and refreshments.

All proceeds will go to the Pickford family. On July 28, Christy was struck by a train in Winona. She remained in a coma for a month and is currently being treated at a rehabilitation center in the Twin Cities area.

Some of the items to be auctioned off include two pairs of tickets to a Minnesota Wild hockey game, gifts from Nola’s Flowers and SMU apparel. The event will be held 7 to 9 p.m. in the President’s Room. Admission is $5. The auction will conclude with the senior auction, Nov. 29-30.

February S.O.U.L. trips applications due

S.O.U.L. applications for February break trips are due before Thanksgiving break in the Office of Campus Ministry.

This year, the February S.O.U.L. trips are going to Kansas City, Mo.; Cranks Creek, Ky.; Browning, Mo.; New Orleans, La.; and Camden, N.J. There is an additional trip to the Philippines after graduation in May.

Applications are available in the Office of Campus Ministry, the back of Saint Thomas More Chapel, and on the Campus Ministry bulletin boards.

Registration fees are not due until Jan. 11; scholarships are available.

Contact Rebecca Sallee in Campus Ministry with questions or for more information.

Sign up to help with SMU Gifts for Winona

Go to www.smumn.edu/giftsforwinona to volunteer for Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona. This annual program helps approximately 1,500 individuals have happier holidays. The community-wide gift-giving program is a great way to get in the holiday spirit by helping those less fortunate.

Volunteers are needed to help pick up gifts from the various trees (located throughout town) and bring them to the distribution site. Volunteers are also needed to help with shopping and wrapping, as well as distribution. Check your calendars. Every person’s contribution helps to make this program a success.

Schild named to Minnesota News Council committee

Dr. Steve Schild, Social Sciences, has been named to the Complaints Committee of the Minnesota News Council. After reviewing complaints from citizens who believe they have been unfairly or inaccurately portrayed in news stories, the committee formulates questions that will be the basis for hearings to determine whether the citizen complaints are upheld or denied.

The news council, one of only two of its kind in the country, seeks to promote high standards in journalism.

Heukeshoven’s work to be featured in Indianapolis

A multimedia work by A. Eric Heukeshoven, lecturer in music, will be one of the featured presentations at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis on Monday, Nov. 19.

For this event, Heukeshoven synchronized computer generated images created with custom visualization software to the soundtrack of his original composition, “Alternating Currents” for soprano saxophone and synthesizer accompaniment. The recording features Dr. John Paulson on saxophone.

Heukeshoven is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Music Technology at IUPUI. The presentation at next week's graduate recital will be his second work selected for this series.

The event combines live performances with works such as Heukeshoven’s that are submitted electronically. Details about this event can be found online at www.music.iupui.edu/events.htm

Winona in running for Capital for a Day

The City of Winona has been nominated for Capital for a Day in conjunction with Minnesota's Sesquicentennial celebration in 2008. To place your vote, go to http://www.mn150years.org and click on “Vote for your Capital for a Day.”

Winona is listed under the Driftless Area. Voting closes Nov. 24. Winning cities will be recognized as Capital for a Day during the week of May 11-18, 2008.

Senior Class Silent Auction in need of items

The Senior Class is hosting the annual Silent Auction on Nov. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Toner Center Game Room. The auction is a means for the Senior Class to fund the activities held throughout the year, specifically Senior Week.

In years prior, the Senior Silent Auction has been one of the most successful fundraisers for the senior class. The auction needs the help of SMU faculty and staff to truly make the auction a success. In the past, donated items have included: gift certificates, gift baskets, electronics, and homemade items. Other ideas could target your talent, like guitar lessons, scrapbooking, photo shoots, poetry or other written works, personal CDs, artwork, cooking lessons, dinners, adventure sports activities, and more.

Please submit your donations to Jason Richter in Toner 8A today, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Anna Skonieczny (atskon04@smumn.edu or 815- 541-6457) or Lindsay Dickson (lrdick04@smumn.edu, 763-232-1558).

Schild's poem named Editor's Choice

A poem of Dr. Steve Schild’s, Social Science, has been named the Editor’s Choice for November by Serengeti Press, Waterton, Ontario, Canada. The poem, titled “Armistice,” can be viewed at www.serengetipress.ca.

Knit Nights continue

The next Knit Night will be Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Common Room. Space is limited to 25 participants. Beginner lessons will start at 7:30 p.m., with intermediate and advanced knitters invited to join the group at 8 p.m. Women students, faculty, and staff are invited to join others for conversation, knitting instructions and light refreshments. The event will continue until 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 to cover beginning materials. To sign up, call Ext. 1773 or e-mail agibson@smumn.edu or jjpaulso@smumn.edu.

Upcoming events for internships, study abroad

The study abroad deadline for Omskirk, England, is scheduled for Nov. 27. For more information, call Ext. 6695.

Volunteer Services is going to Biloxi over Thanksgiving break

Students will be helping families continue to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina during Thanksgiving break Nov. 16-26.

Jazz events

Swing Inc., which includes Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department, will perform 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Canadian Honker Restaurant in Rochester.

Swing Inc. will also perform 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Waterfront Restaurant in La Crosse.

The John Paulson trio will perform 8 to 11 p.m. today, Nov. 16, at the Waterfront in La Crosse.

The John Paulson with Miles Johnston Quartet performs 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Canadian Honker in Rochester.

Reminder: this week is last ‘Campus Notes’ before break

Reminder: This is the last edition of “Campus Notes” before Thanksgiving break. The next edition will be Friday, Nov. 30. Look ahead on your calendars. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Congratulations to Baker family

Jackie Baker, director of internships, and her husband Cory had a baby boy, Zachary Allen, on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Saint Mary’s community extends its congratulations to the Baker family.

Sympathy to Kulas family

Max Kulas, former Superintendent of Building and Grounds at Saint Mary’s, died Wednesday, Nov. 14. Kulas served the university from November 1955 until he retired in June 1985. In August of 2000, the power plant on campus was renamed the Kulas-Connaughty Power Plant in recognition of Max and of his successor, Roger Connaughty.

The funeral will be held Monday, Nov. 19, at Saint Anne Hospice. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Kulas family.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

USA Today makes NSSE results public; SMU ranks above national average

A different kind of college assessment survey shows that Saint Mary's University students are engaged with, and learn more from, their college experience.

Saint Mary's is one of 610 colleges and universities who participated this year in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE, conducted through Indiana University, looks at how actively involved students are with their studies, professors and the campus community. Research shows that the more engaged students are, the more likely they are to learn. NSSE is becoming increasingly recognized as a more authentic indicator of college quality than traditional rankings.
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USA Today has partnered with NSSE to publish a guide in print and online to show how NSSE can enhance the college search. Of the 1,000 schools recently surveyed by NSSE, only 257 — including Saint Mary’s — agreed to make their results public. Go online to www.usatoday.com/news/education for NSSE survey stories and college data; go to www.smumn.edu/nsse for Saint Mary's results and the NSSE college guide.

“The NSSE allows colleges to understand what they do especially well, and what they can improve upon, based on comparison with data from other colleges,” said Dr. Thomas Mans, vice president for academic affairs.

Mans said NSSE results show that Saint Mary’s provides a distinctive and superior college experience compared with institutions nationally and even with other small, liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. In many important categories, SMU students’ responses were much more favorable than the comparison groups.

Freshman and senior students were asked last spring to answer 85 questions. Their responses were combined to form summary benchmark scores in the areas of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, supportive campus environment, enriching educational experiences, and active/collaborative learning.

For freshmen, the average Saint Mary's score on four out of the five benchmarks was significantly higher than the national average. (In the category of enriching educational experiences, Saint Mary's scored slightly below the average.) For seniors, the scores on all five benchmark areas were higher than the national sample.

“The scores show that our students are engaged in activities that aid learning, by faculty with whom they interact well, in a setting that supports them,” according to Dr. Patrick Barlow, SMU director of college assessment.

Barlow noted that “while the results paint a good picture of the quality of the learning experience at Saint Mary’s, the survey also indicated some areas for further growth — specifically in the areas of freshman appreciation of and experience with diversity. The college community is looking at ways to improve this aspect of our students' learning experience.”

SMU Concert Band to present instrumental showcase


The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles will present an instrumental showcase at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

The concert, performed under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will be held at Cotter High School’s Saint Cecilia Theatre.

The concert band — including the talents of various small ensembles including a brass quintet, clarinet choir, flute choir, wind ensemble, and percussion ensemble — will entertain audiences with a varied selection of music with an international flavor.
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Highlights include the Irish tune “Molly on the Shore” by Grainger; “Rondeau” by Jean-Joseph Mouret; and “Madrigals for Six Flutes,” inspired by familiar folk melodies from Japan and Israel, by Samuel Adler. As the weather turns colder, audiences can warm up with the Latin rhythms of “Carnaval De Caribe” by Moses Mark Howden or enjoy the whimsical new piece, “Firefly,” By David J. Gordon, which captures the essence of dancing fireflies.

All faculty and staff may receive one free ticket by contacting the SMU Box Office.

Tickets are $6 for the general public, $4 for students and seniors and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or the Performance Center box office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance. For additional details, contact director Janet Heukehsoven at jheukesh@smumn.edu or Ext. 1675.

SMU Page Series presents Koresh Dance Company Nov. 17













The Saint Mary’s University Page Series will host the unique and exciting Koresh Dance Company, featuring “Looking Back: Music of the ’40s & ’50s” on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The program will feature original dance pieces that break through boundaries of traditional choreography. “Looking Back: Music of the ’40s & ’50s” evokes all the romance and rebellion of the era, complete with lively jazz and swing choreography, along with a delightful cast of characters and stories. Koresh will showcase a dance experience that will excite audiences of all ages beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the SMU Performance Center’s Page Theatre.
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The dancers will perform to such well-known artists as Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and many more.

Make it dinner and a show. Pre-show dinners are provided by Chartwells Catering. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center, located next to the Performance Center. Adult dinners cost $20 and include chicken, beef, and vegetarian options, along with beverages and dessert. Bottles of wine may be purchased for an extra fee. Children’s dinners cost $12 and include mac-n-cheese or chicken fingers with sides, beverages, and dessert. Orders will be accepted up to three days prior to the event; order online or by phone.

Tickets are $22, $16 for seniors, $14 for students and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

This Page Series event is co-sponsored by the Kaplan Forum on the Jewish Experience.

‘Yerma’ staged by SMU theatre students Nov. 9-12




A young woman’s painful yearning to be a mother leads to the gradual untangling of her mind in the Department of Theatre Arts production of “Yerma” Nov. 9-12.

The dark tragedy, “Yerma,” by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, centers on a childless young woman, trapped in a bitter and loveless marriage. Trapped too by social attitudes and conventions, Yerma is prevented from loving another man. Her internal conflict and mental instability seal her fate in a tragic climax befitting her tragic life.
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The basic themes of this compelling tale — directed by Judy Myers — resemble the themes in every woman’s life: love, passion, desperation, sexuality and marriage.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, Nov. 9, 10 and 12. A matinee performance is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

Tickets for the show are $8, $6 for students and seniors and are available at the Performance Center Box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Next Kabara Institute panel is Nov. 15

The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will host its second event for 2007-08 on Thursday, Nov. 15, with an alumni panel from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Salvi Lecture Hall, Saint Mary's Hall Room 332. The theme of the presentation is “I Didn't Major in Business, But I Run a Business.”

Three alumni will participate and share their stories and experiences as entrepreneurs including: Brandon Darling ’01, Orbis Technology; Laurel Feddema ’83, Steppingstone Consulting, Inc.; and Donald Aleksy ’80, True Vision Enterprise. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Sign up to help with SMU Gifts for Winona

Go to www.smumn.edu/giftsforwinona to volunteer for Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona. This annual program assists approximately 1,500 individuals have happier holidays.The community-wide gift-giving program is a great way to get in the holiday spirit by helping those less fortunate. Volunteers are needed to help with picking up gifts from the various trees, located throughout town and bringing them to the distribution site. Volunteers are also needed to help with shopping and wrapping, as well as distribution. Check your calendars. Every person’s contribution helps to make this program a success.

Food drive scheduled for Nov. 12-15

Members of the Global Issues class will conduct a food drive Nov. 12-15. Boxes will be located in Mary's Hall and the Toner Student Center entrance. Everyone is invited to bring canned and boxed items for the Winona Food Shelf.

Employee changes announced

• Faith Seim, Nov. 12, Twin Cities Campus —Recruiter
• Janet Dunn, Nov. 1, Twin Cities Campus — Program Director, Management and Human Resource Management
• Teresa Stephens, Oct. 29, Twin Cities Campus — Receptionist
• Barbara Jean Hall, Oct. 29, Twin Cities Campus — Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator
• Richard Germundsen, Oct. 29, Twin Cities Campus — Associate Director, Ed.D.
• Mark Nichols, Oct. 22, Twin Cities Campus — Security Guard (half-time)

Junior Experience Conference promises interesting topics

The Junior Experience Conference will be held 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Toner Student Center. The event includes giveaways, food and beverages. Several informational sessions are planned including “Body as a Barometer,” “Healthy Credit,” “Can Myspace/Facebook Hurt MyFuture?” “Asleep on the Job,” “Balancing Work and Your Values” and “Internships: Tips form Past Interns.” No pre-registration is needed. The event in sponsored by Student Development, Career Services, and Internships. The keynote presentation, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the President’s Room, is titled “Body, Mind & Spirit.”

Willing to share your Thanksgiving dinner with an international student?

The International Student Center staff and students would like to solicit your generosity in hosting an international student for Thanksgiving dinner.

This will be the first Thanksgiving for many of SMU’s international students, and this is a wonderful opportunity to share an American holiday and your family traditions with them.

If you are interested in hosting an international student for dinner, contact Tessy Neves Dias at Ext. 1450 or tdias@smumn.edu.

Senior Class Silent Auction in need of items

The Senior Class is hosting the annual Silent Auction on Nov. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Toner Center Game Room. The auction is a means for the Senior Class to fund the activities held throughout the year, specifically Senior Week.

In years prior, the Senior Silent Auction has been one of the most successful fundraisers for the senior class. The auction needs the help of SMU faculty and staff to truly make the auction a success.
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In the past, donated items have included: gift certificates, gift baskets, electronics, and homemade items. Other ideas could target your talent, like guitar lessons, scrapbooking, photo shoots, poetry or other written works, personal CDs, artwork, cooking lessons, dinners, adventure sports activities, and more.

Please submit your donations to Jason Richter in Toner 8A by Friday, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Anna Skonieczny (atskon04@smumn.edu or (815) 541-6457) or Lindsay Dickson (lrdick04@smumn.edu, (763) 232-1558).

More opportunities to help with local flood cleanups

Two more flood cleanups are scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. today, Nov. 9, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Call Katie LaPlant, Ext. 6936 if you are able to help someone locally clean up or rebuild from the August flood. Our neighbors still need our help.

Burchill recognized locally, nationally for philanthropy work

The late Tim Burchill, longtime administrator and director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Philanthropy Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A celebration of National Philanthropy Day — at which awards will be presented — will be held Nov. 15 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront in Saint Paul.

Tim also will be honored by the local Upper Mississippi Valley chapter of AFP, which he co-founded. The chapter named Tim the first outstanding professional fundraiser more than 15 years ago. He will be recognized on Nov. 14, at La Crosse Center ballroom.

The Winona Community Foundation will present Tim with the Founders Award on Nov. 13 during the Thanks for Giving event. As part of the award, Tim’s family will receive a $5,000 grant. The Burchills have asked that the grant be used for the SMU Philanthropy and Development program, which Tim co-founded.

Mutter to give next 'Last Lecture'

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. in Hillside, Dr. Jay Mutter, professor of psychology, will unveil a fresh look at an old adventure, volunteering, in an evening devoted to “Change Matters.”

This is part of the “Last Lecture” series, in which faculty, chosen by students, were asked to deliver what would be their “last lecture ever.”
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Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering offers a grassroots opportunity for change. Volunteers are regular people who donate their time to help individuals, organizations and causes by personal choice. Volunteering can help you make important networking contacts, learn and develop skills, enhance your résumé, gain valuable work experience make a difference in someone’s life.

At the core of volunteering, lies an expression of concern about someone or something other than you. It’s about going the distance and putting your values and beliefs into action. Volunteering can help you to explore interests, meet new people and see lands you’ve never dreamed possible.

Knit Nights to begin again

On Thursday, Nov. 16, the popular series of Knit Nights will continue in the Common Room. Space is limited to 25 participants. Beginner lessons will start at 7:30 p.m., with intermediate and advanced knitters invited to join the group at 8 p.m. Women students, faculty, and staff are invited to join others for conversation, knitting instructions and light refreshments. The event will continue until 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 to cover beginning materials. The next Knit Night will be Thursday, Nov. 30. To sign up, call Ext. 1773 or e-mail agibson@smumn.edu or jjpaulso@smumn.edu.

Saint Mary’s Chemistry Night awards announced

The Saint Mary’s University Chemistry Department has announced the award winners for the Chemistry Night events, held on Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 1. Area high school students participated in chemistry activities involving departmental instrumentation and wet chemistry under the guidance of Saint Mary’s chemistry majors.

Based on the National Chemistry Week theme of “The Many Faces of Chemistry,” the high school students were able to simulate many roles of a chemist.
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They worked as environmental chemists, food chemists, nanotechnologists, film critics and artistic chemists. The high-school student teams were evaluated on their use and interpretation of experimental results. Based on those evaluations, the following awards were made:

First-place winners: Joe McMartin, Matt Schultz and Emily Kronebusch of Lewiston-Altura High School; and Luke Ward, Robert Kim and Christine Pulido of Lourdes High School in Rochester.

Second-place winners: Hannah Flatten, Joel Hanson and Tia Thompson of Winona Senior High School; and Amy Yin and Sharon Christopher of Onalaska High School.

Third-place winners: Mark Lower, Emily Monk and Mark Painter of Lourdes High School; and Maja Kanebley and Leah Wooden of LaCrescent High School.

The SMU Chemistry Department would like to congratulate these students and thank the 50 students — and their dedicated teachers — who participated in Chemistry Nights.

Benefit for Pickford planned for Nov. 19

A fundraising event will be held Monday, Nov. 19, for SMU senior Christy Pickford. The event, organized by the PR/Business Club, will feature a silent auction, live acoustic music and refreshments.

All proceeds will go to the Pickford family. On July 28, Christy was struck by a train in Winona. She remained in a coma for a month and is currently being treated at a rehabilitation center in the Twin Cities area.

Some of the items to be auctioned off include two pairs of tickets to a Minnesota Wild hockey game, gifts from Nola’s Flowers and SMU apparel. The event will be held 7 to 9 p.m. in the President’s Room. Admission is $5. The auction will conclude with the senior auction Nov. 29-30.

Upcoming events for internships, study abroad

The study abroad deadline for Aimores, Brazil, is scheduled for Nov. 12. For more information, call Ext. 6695.

Cochran facilitates workshops, displays art at Blue Heron

Last Friday (Nov. 2) Michelle Cochran, Art and Design, K-12 Reading Teacher Program, facilitated two workshops at the 2007 Fall Art Educators of Minnesota Conference, held at the Earl Brown Center in Minneapolis. The title of her presentation was “Supporting Literacy Development within the art room: with special attention to struggling readers and writers.”

The presentation included ideas she has found while doing research for Masters of Literacy Education and teaching art.

Cochran’s art is on display at the Blue Heron on Second Street. She is showcasing a series of color pencil drawings of plants native to Minnesota and Wisconsin until Dec. 31. The display is free and open to the public.

Heukeshoven publishes article in Music Education Journal

Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Department of Music, has an article published in the fall issue of “Interval,” the journal of the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association, mmea.org, titled “Shift Happens” in Music Too. Heukeshoven discusses the importance of non-traditional school music ensembles, such as SMU’s Batucada Nossa Senhora ethnic percussion ensemble, directed by Denny McGuire.

Cochran to speak at Brown Bag series

Today, Friday, Nov. 9, Dr. Phil Cochran, Biology Department, will give a presentation titled “Lampreys, Beer Kegs, and Diminishing Returns” for the Science and Math Brown Bag series. This event will be held in Hoffman 301 at 12:30 p.m.

Jazz event calendar

The John Paulson Trio performs 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Michael’s Restaurant, Rochester, Minn.

The John Paulson Quartet performs 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Starlight Lounge, La Crosse, Wis.

Volunteer Services is going to Biloxi over Thanksgiving break

Students will be helping families continue to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina during Thanksgiving break Nov. 16-26.

Students present, win awards at research symposium

Several SMU students gave oral presentations at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium in La Crosse, Wis., last Friday including:

Anna T. Skonieczny — The Effects of Demethylating and Methylating Chemicals on Mitotic Activity of Vicia faba in Different Stages of the Cell Cycle

Emily Zentgraf — Testing the Chemical Used in Teflon©, Perfluorooctanoic Acid and Mutagenicity as Determined by Using the Ames Test

Bridget M. Emmett — Response of Fish Predators to Tadpole Madtoms (Noturus gyrinus)

Stephen J. Schmitt — Use of Rock Ledge Habitat by Six-lined Racerunners on Southeast Minnesota Bluffs

Sarah J. Schroeder — Examination of the Diet of the Freshwater Drum, Aplodinotus grunniens, for Zebra Mussels, Dreissena polymorpha from the Mississippi River.

Zentgraf and Emmett were each awarded second place awards in their respective sessions. (There was a total of 17 oral presentations in two concurrent sessions.) Skonieczny and Zentgraf worked with Dr. Dick Kowles, and the others worked with Dr. Phil Cochran.

Reminder: Next week is last ‘Campus Notes’ before break

Reminder: Get your notices in by Wednesday, Nov. 14, to get them into the next “Campus Notes” on Friday Nov. 16. Because of break, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ on Nov. 23. The next edition will be Friday, Nov. 30. Look ahead on your calendars.

Sympathy to Erdmann family

Edward “Eddie” Erdmann, husband to Laurie Hale-Erdmann (Student Services), father to Autumn Warden ’99 and brother to Linda Steinfeldt (Maintenance), died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, of cancer at his home. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Erdmann family.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Benefit for SMU faculty, staff raises over $10,000

Brother Louis and Mark Merchlewitz demonstrate how to make zucchini button canapes.






More than 20 individuals graciously served as chefs for the benefit.







“A Recipe for Relief,” held on Sunday, Oct. 28, raised more than $10,000 for SMU faculty, staff and students severely affected by the flood. Many thanks go to our musicians (including Dr. John Paulson, Eric Heukeshoven, Chris Kendall, and SMU jazz students), chefs (including Brother Louis), silent auction donators and volunteers.

Thanks also go to Mike Gostomski, SMU trustee, for providing the beer; Chartwells for providing appetizers and other goods and services; Watkins for providing spices and the demonstration booth; Pepsi for providing pop; Water Systems Co.; Davey Warner and SAC for sound; and to local stores including Discount Liquor, Third Street Liquor, Warehouse Wine & Spirit, Midtown Foods, and Fifth Street Liquor for providing the wine.

‘Yerma’ staged by SMU theatre students Nov. 9-12

A young woman’s painful yearning to be a mother leads to the gradual untangling of her mind in the Department of Theatre Arts production of “Yerma” Nov. 9-12.

The dark tragedy, “Yerma,” by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, centers on a childless young woman, trapped in a bitter and loveless marriage. Trapped too by social attitudes and conventions, Yerma is prevented from loving another man. Her internal conflict and mental instability seal her fate in a tragic climax befitting her tragic life.
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The basic themes of this compelling tale — directed by Judy Myers — resemble the themes in every woman’s life: love, passion, desperation, sexuality and marriage.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, Nov. 9, 10 and 12. A matinee performance is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

Tickets for the show are $8, $6 for students and seniors and are available at the Performance Center Box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Burchill recognized locally, nationally for philanthropy work

The late Tim Burchill, longtime administrator and director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Philanthropy Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A celebration of National Philanthropy Day — at which awards will be presented — will be held Nov. 15 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront in Saint Paul.

Each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world. This will be the first time the Outstanding Contribution to Philanthropy Award has been given posthumously; Tim’s wife Barb will accept the award on his behalf.
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Tim also will be honored by the local Upper Mississippi Valley chapter of AFP, which he co-founded. The chapter named Tim the first outstanding professional fundraiser more than 15 years ago. He will be recognized on Nov. 14, at La Crosse Center ballroom.

The Winona Community Foundation will present Tim with the Founders Award on Nov. 13 during the Thanks for Giving event. As part of the award, Tim’s family will receive a $5,000 grant. The Burchills have asked that the grant be used for the SMU Philanthropy and Development program, which Tim co-founded.

Cardinal swimmers taking part in ‘Hour of Power’

The Saint Mary’s swimming and diving teams will hit the pool Tuesday, Nov. 6 — but this “training session” won’t be like any other the Cardinals have taken part in this season.

SMU will be one of 11 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools — not to mention one of more than 30 collegiate teams nationwide — participating in the “Hour of Power” Relay. The relay is in honor of Carleton swimmer Ted Mullin, who died in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, and all funds raised through this event will support research into the causes of sarcoma in young people at the University of Chicago.
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The “Hour of Power” Relay will kick off at 4 p.m. (5 p.m. Eastern Time) and is a one-hour continuous relay. During Mullin’s days as a Knight, this was one of the team’s favorite practices, and Carleton felt it would be fitting to not only honor their former teammate, but to also raise money for cancer research.

“This is a pretty special event for us — most of our upperclassmen had competed against Ted, and we all felt that this was a great way to honor his memory,” said SMU head coach Eric Lindquist. "All of our swimming and diving athletes are going to be taking part, swimming all-out for one hour in a number of different relays that will be going on at the same time. We’re pretty excited — it should be a lot of fun.”

If anyone would like to contribute to this event, please send donations to coach Lindquist at Box 62. Checks may be made payable to Saint Mary’s University. The SMU swimming and diving team is also welcoming any interested parties to stop by the pool at 4 p.m. on Nov. 6 to cheer on the Cardinal swimmers as they take part in this special event.

Exhibit examines cultural, social forces through paintings, audio

"Samiha" - encaustic painting by Michal Sagar












"Hinda" - encaustic painting by Michal Sagar











Minneapolis artists Michal Sagar and Francisca de Beurges Rosenthal present a thought-provoking and inspiring exhibit titled, “Branches: A Contemporary Convivencia” through Nov. 10 at Saint Mary’s.

“Branches” will be on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ext. 1652.

Saint Mary’s Walk of Horror attracted large crowds

This year’s Saint Mary’s University Walk of Horror had a record turnout. An estimated 1,600 individuals braved the trails in this softball fundraiser.

Halloween Fun Night draws more than 600

More than 600 people attended this year’s Saint Mary’s University Halloween Fun Night on Monday, Oct. 29.

Knit Nights to begin again

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the popular series of Knit Nights will begin in the Common Room. Space is limited to 25 participants. Beginner lessons will start at 7:30 p.m., with intermediate and advanced knitters invited to join the group at 8 p.m. Women students, faculty, and staff are invited to join others for conversation, knitting instructions and light refreshments. The event will continue until 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 to cover beginning materials. Other Knit Nights are planned for Thursdays, Nov. 16 and 30. to sign up, call Ext. 1773 or e-mail agibson@smumn.edu or jjpaulso@smumn.edu.

Purchase Jeans for a Cause sticker today

Don’t forget to get your sticker today for “Jeans for Cause” at the student service windows for $5. All proceeds go to our own SMU employees who suffered loss due to the flooding.

Mathews to discuss depressive, bipolar disorders

Dr. Ruth Mathews, Ph.D., L.P., staff psychologist in the Wellness Center, will describe “Depressive and Bipolar Disorders Experienced by Children, Teens and Adults” and the impact they have on individuals, their families and the community. The importance of assessment and the roles of psychotherapy, medication management and self-help strategies in addressing these illnesses will be described. The presentation is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Toner Student Center lounge.

This workshop is cosponsored by the Wellness Center and Psychology Club, along with Project COMPASS. There is no cost for SMU students, faculty and staff with ID.

Upcoming events for internships, study abroad

A volunteer fair will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the gameroom of the Toner Student Center.

The study abroad deadline for Aimores, Brazil, is scheduled for Nov. 12. For more information, contact Jackie Baker at Ext. 6695.

Blue Angel on stage today and Saturday

The brothers of Phi Mu Alpha cordially invite members of the faculty and staff to Blue Angel 2007. This year’s performances are 8 p.m. today (Nov. 2) and 7 and 10 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 3).

You may receive a complimentary admission to the show of your choice by contacting Dr. Jeff Highland at Ext. 1459 or campus box 1.

Cochran to speak at Brown Bag series

On Friday, Nov. 9, Dr. Phil Cochran, Biology Department, will give a presentation titled “Lampreys, Beer Kegs, and Diminishing Returns” for the Science and Math Brown Bag series. This event will be held in Hoffman 301 at 12:30 p.m.

First Friday breakfast today

Don’t forget to head to Room B of the Toner Student Center this morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for the First Friday continental breakfast, hosted by Campus Ministry.

Jazz event calendar

Swing Inc., including Eric Heukeshoven, will perform 8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Avocado World Bistro, Rochester, Minn.

The John Paulson Trio performs 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Michael’s Restaurant, Rochester, Minn.

The John Paulson Quartet performs 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Starlight Lounge, La Crosse, Wis.

Volunteer Services is going to Biloxi over Thanksgiving break

Students will be helping families continue to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina during Thanksgiving break Nov. 16-26. The cost of $150 includes transportation and food. Applications can be picked up in Toner Student Center’s Room 8.

Lasallian Social Justice topic of Nov. 7 luncheon

A presentation about the Lasallian Social Justice Institute is scheduled for lunch on Nov. 7.

This summer three members of the College faculty participated in the Lasallian Social Justice Institute (LSJI) program sponsored by the Christian Brothers USA/Toronto Region. Dr. Dorothy Diehl assisted with the LSJI-Chicago experience; Ann Smith participated in LSJI-San Francisco; and Dr. Greg Gaut attended LSJI-El Paso, along with Valerie Fitzgerald from the Twin Cities campus.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Gaut will present “From Both Sides of the Border: A Lasallian Look at the Immigration Issue.”

The Office for Mission will host the lunch in the Faculty Dining Room. The presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m., but those attending may begin arriving at 11:45 a.m. Indicate to the cashier that you are attending the Mission presentation.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Japanese events on campus

Winona welcomed a delegation from Misato (Winona’s sister city in Japan) this weekend. Saint Mary’s hosted several events including Shodo, the art of drawing unique characters; Ikebana, art formed with flowers; Kimono, a traditional Japanese dress; and Sado, a tea ceremony.


An audience that nearly filled Page Theatre watched Japanese dancers and Taiko drummers Saturday evening.

Benefit for SMU faculty, staff flood victims set for Oct. 28

A fun-filled evening of music, food and festive bidding that will raise money for the SMU faculty and staff who have suffered severe damage due to the August flood is planned for Sunday evening. Several of our own SMU community members have lost their homes and many — if not all — of their personal belongings. Come and support them!

The event, “A Recipe for Relief,” will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the dining room. All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend. Admission will be $25 or $15 for students.
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Several celebrity SMU “chefs” will be preparing a huge variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres. The master chef himself, Brother Chancellor Louis DeThomasis, will give out a special recipe — as well as a live (and lively!) demonstration of how to prepare it.

Beer, wine, pop and water have been graciously donated. A special Polish beer tasting will be offered as well.

Come and enjoy music by our own talented musicians. SMU student jazz combos will be joined by Eric Heukeshoven and Dr. John Paulson. Additionally, Chris Kendall will perform folk music. A silent auction will complete the evening.

Some auction items donated so far include homemade jewelry, a guided canoe trip, a dinner from Gary Diomandes, a ticket basket from the SMU box office, a large Santa basket, a Starbucks coffee basket, certificates for fresh- baked cinnamon rolls, a personal perennial garden at your home and much more!

Babysitting services will be provided at your home; contact Katie LaPlant for more information. For tickets, go to the Student Services window or contact LaPlant.

SMU community members share flood stories

This is the seventh and final story about SMU faculty and staff who have suffered major losses because of recent flooding. We hope that these stories bring to light how many people, in how many areas, were deeply affected. Please continue to keep everyone who is fighting to put their lives back together in your prayers.

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David and Joyce McConville of Minnesota City, along with their daughter Kelly, suffered major damage in the bottom half of their split-level home.











Though cleanup efforts are finished, the McConvilles have yet to begin reconstruction.






Dr. Dave McConville said it isn’t easy to watch your home and your belongings set out at the curb and carried away.






Dr. Dave McConville
Professor of biology
Director of M.S.
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Dr. Dave McConville is no stranger to water or to the river. As a career biologist and river researcher, he’s navigated his boat through all kinds of high-level waters.

But, he said, he’s never seen a more treacherous current than the morning of Aug. 19, when floodwater surrounded his Minnesota City home.
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Dave and his wife, Joyce, have lived at 289 Harry’s Lane since 1975. “It took a thousand year flood to bring us down,” he said.

The McConvilles’ home — which they share with their teenage daughter Kelly — is located at the highest level in the area, and Dave estimates it was one of the last to be affected by the flood.

The McConvilles hadn’t known it was flooding when they were awakened at 4:30 a.m. by a neighbor telling them they had better get out of their home.

“You are awakened from a dead sleep, and it’s like, ‘What? What did you say?’” Dave said.

Upon first inspection, the lower area of their split-level home looked fine. But outside, through the darkness, they noticed the high waters encroaching on their home.

Dave walked down the hill from their home to get his boat. By this time, he said, water was waist deep, and both his boat and trailer were trying to float.

In the time it took him to unhook the boat and drag it closer to the house, water on his lower level was rising as the septic overflowed.

“There was a 2-foot geyser out of the toilet on the bottom level,” he said.

Joyce thought to rescue Dave’s laptop, but, he said, that is all that was rescued at that point.

Outside Dave could hear his neighbors calling for help. He and a neighbor navigated the boat “right down the middle of the street” and helped what Dave estimates are more than 20 people who were hanging out of their windows or stranded on their porches.

He also rescued a few precious pets, some of which were more petrified of the water than others.

It was easy to see, he said, why so many people lost their foundations. “Once we would let go of a house, the current would whip the boat around into the house, and I would have to go full power against the current.

“I’ve done a lot of Mississippi River boating, and I have never experienced more treacherous current conditions,” he said.

Dave is still amazed by how quickly the water rose and also how quickly it disappeared. Many questions regarding the cause and the science of it all, still remain unanswered. “It was nature at work,” he said.

For several weeks, the McConvilles, along with friends and family, worked 20 hours a day removing items from their home, ripping up flooring and carpeting and sanitizing the lower level.

“There were two reactions,” he said. “People either stood in shock, or they did what we did and started an action plan before the flood subsided, but I’m not saying there is a right way or a wrong way. (The flood) had a very emotional impact; it’s been very stressful. Your home is the most foundational investment in your life.”

Dave estimates they cleaned out 14 inches of mess, mud, muck and septic water. The smell, McConville said, was horrible. At one point, when they thought they had finished with removal, the family removed more sheetrock after they continued to smell mold.

And, for a while, the three have had unusual sleeping conditions. Some nights, Dave and his daughter have slept on the floor because there was little space anywhere else; they piled what could be salvaged from two floors, onto one. Their lower level had contained three bedrooms, a living room, an office, a bathroom and pantry.

“We haven’t started to restore,” Dave said. “We’re putting together a financial model. It’s been hard to watch your home go from being worth however many thousands of dollars to unmarketable in a matter of seconds.”

But, Dave said, after a particularly despairing day, he began to remind himself — and took comfort from the fact — that no one he knows was killed. His family was not hurt and they still have their home.

“It’s just stuff,” he said.

Cardinals taking part in ‘Hour of Power’

The Saint Mary’s swimming and diving teams will be hitting the pool Tuesday, Nov. 6 — but this “training session” won't be like any other the Cardinals have taken part in this season.

SMU will be one of 11 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools — not to mention one of more than 30 collegiate teams nationwide — participating in the “Hour of Power” Relay. The relay is in honor of Carleton swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, and all funds raised through this event will support research into the causes of sarcoma in young people at the University of Chicago.
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The “Hour of Power” Relay will kick off at 4 p.m. (5 p.m. Eastern Time) and is a one-hour continuous relay. During Mullin’s days as a Knight, this was one of the team’s favorite practices, and Carleton felt it would be a fitting to not only honor their former teammate, but to also raise money for cancer research.

“This is a pretty special event for us — most of our upperclassmen had competed against Ted, and we all felt that this was a great way to honor his memory,” said SMU head coach Eric Lindquist. "All of our swimming and diving athletes are going to be taking part, swimming all-out for one hour in a number of different relays that will be going on at the same time. We’re pretty excited — it should be a lot of fun.”

If anyone would like to contribute to this event, please send donations to coach Lindquist at Box 62. Checks may be made payable to Saint Mary’s University. The SMU swimming and diving team is also welcoming any interested parties to stop by the pool at 4 p.m. on Nov. 6 to cheer on the Cardinal swimmers as they take part in this special event.

Exhibit examines cultural, social forces through paintings, audio

"Samiha" - encaustic painting by Michal Sagar












"Hinda" - encaustic painting by Michal Sagar











Minneapolis artists Michal Sagar and Francisca de Beurges Rosenthal present a thought-provoking and inspiring exhibit titled, “Branches: A Contemporary Convivencia” through Nov. 10 at Saint Mary’s.

“Branches” will be on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ext. 1652.

Get set to scream at annual Saint Mary's Walk of Horror

This year’s Saint Mary’s University Walk of Horror is again guaranteed to give you goosebumps. New scares are planned around every corner.

The 11th annual hair-raising fundraiser for the SMU Cardinal fastpitch softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 31 in the SMU bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the SMU baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.
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Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs surrounding the SMU campus for approximately 20 minutes.

The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students with ID, and $4 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate.

SMU head fastpitch softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages. The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for groups bold enough to face their fears. Last year more than 1,000 brave souls took SMU’s Walk of Horror.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s spring trip to California for a tournament. For more information, contact Miller at Ext. 6923.

Halloween Fun Night for kids is Oct. 29 at Saint Mary’s

Elementary and preschool children from the Winona area are invited to attend the seventh annual Saint Mary’s University Halloween Fun Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

Young trick-or-treaters should start out the evening at the Hall of Fame Room, where face-painting, a coloring station, bucket toss and other fun games will be offered, and the Cardinal mascot will greet pint-sized ghosts and goblins.
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From there, SMU students will lead groups of trick-or-treaters through the residence halls of the university, where they can go door to door for candy.

Last year more than 600 kids participated in this free, safe and fun event, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life.

Donations of candy or money can be dropped off through Oct. 29 in the Student Development Office or call Ext. 1409 for a candy pickup.

Common Threads clothing sale runs Oct. 25-27

The sixth annual Common Threads clothing sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, in Room B of the Toner Student Center.

Gently used clothing and footwear for men, women, youth and infants will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The public is welcome.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry and the student Peace and Justice group. Each year the money raised — along with the leftover clothing from the sale — goes to local organizations that help those less fortunate.

Next Let’s Do Lunch has Halloween theme

The next Let’s Do Lunch, hosted by Student Services, is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Proceeds will go to faculty and staff who have lost their homes or had significant flood damage.

SMU Chemistry Nights planned for Oct. 25 & Nov. 1

Area high school juniors and seniors (and their teachers) will learn the importance of chemistry in everyday life via hands-on activities 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday Nov. 1 during Chemistry Night at Saint Mary’s.

Chemistry Night, sponsored by the SMU Department of Chemistry and the La Crosse-Winona section of the American Chemical Society, is an annual event to help students explore the discipline of chemistry and appreciate the positive role chemistry plays in the world.
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Each year students solve a challenging but fun chemical problem based on the National Chemistry Week theme; this year’s theme is “The Faces of Chemistry.”

Students will be distributed into small teams and will work with instrumentation in the SMU Department of Chemistry, under the guidance of chemistry majors.

During the event, students will have hands-on exposure to various chemical instrumentation and wet chemistry. Prizes will be awarded including 12 SMU scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000.

For more information, contact Dr. Jim Vogel at Ext. 1558.