Friday, March 9, 2007

Concert Band to debut Jewish composer’s work*

Composer Judith Lang Zaimont works with the Concert Band during Wednesday night’s rehearsal.

Internationally recognized composer Judith Lang Zaimont is the most recent winner of the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band Kaplan Commissioning Project. She composed “Israeli Rhapsody” for the band during the summer of 2006 after visiting campus and meeting the band members last May. Lang Zaimont will share her talents with Saint Mary’s music students through Sunday and will introduce the premiere performance at a 3 p.m. concert on Sunday, March 11, in Page Theatre. Concert goers will have an opportunity to meet the composer at a post-performance reception in the Toner Student Center.
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Of “Israeli Rhapsody,” Lang Zaimont wrote, she is “paying tribute to the complicated, thoughtful and joyous aspects that come together and characterize the people who flourish in that dramatic land.” Lang Zaimont thinks of Israel as a cultural wellspring and the homeland of her religion. Fragments of well-known Israeli melodies flow through the complex piece, which ends clearly as a joyful dance.

A grantee of both National Endowments, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and Aaron Copland Award winner, Lang Zaimont currently holds a 2005 Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship. She recently retired after three decades of teaching in higher education (at the Peabody Conservatory, CUNY, Adelphi University and University of Minnesota). For additional information, see her web site,

The SMU Concert Band commissioned “Israeli Rhapsody” through the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commissioning Project. Lang Zaimont is the fourth composer to participate in the Kaplan Commission. The Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation supports performances and activities led by Jewish artists and scholars that are designed to increase cultural and religious understanding at Saint Mary’s. Her visit is funded in part through Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections program.

Lang Zaimont will share her talents with Saint Mary’s students during class and concert band rehearsals. She also plans to visit with Winona Senior High School students.

The concert band, under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will also perform works by Franco Cesarini, Philip Sparke, John Zdechlik, J. Michael Roy, Travis Cross, and John Philip Sousa. For additional performance details, contact Dr. Heukeshoven at or Ext. 1675.

Tickets are $6, $4 for students and senior citizens, and free to high school students with identification; tickets are available at the Performance Center box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, online at or at the door.

Noted theologian to speak on torture at SMU*

Dr. William Cavanaugh will speak on “Torture, Terror, and Resistance: Theological Reflection on the Political Landscape” Monday, March 19.

The event — free and open to the public — will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall.
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Dr. Cavanaugh is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He brings a radical vision grounded in a deeply traditional understanding of Catholic teaching to bear on issues such as consumerism, corporate power, the nation-state, war and torture. He has written extensively on these issues, and his clear, insightful approach has been compared to that of the great Catholic activist and writer Dorothy Day.

Among his recent writings on torture is his book, “Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ” (Blackwell Publishing, 2006).

Dr. Cavanaugh worked as a Catholic lay missioner in Chile during the Pinochet regime and helped found a Catholic Worker house, Casa Guadalupana, for primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants on St. Paul’s West Side. He is also active in the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), which speaks against torture as a moral issue from a variety of religious perspectives.

The talk is sponsored by the departments of Theology, History, and Social Science; the Lasallian Core Tradition and the Lasallian Honors programs; the Office of Campus Ministry and the Office for Mission.

The sponsors believe that torture is one of the most important political and moral issues facing our country today; it is their hope that this talk will deepen our understanding and provoke thoughtful discussion. For further information about this event, contact Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust at Ext. 1995 or

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Benefit dance, auction raises nearly $13,500

Approximately 550 people attended Saint Mary’s University’s seventh annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on March 3.

McMahon is a SMU alumna from the La Crosse, Wis., area. Her husband, Sean, also a 1994 alumus of SMU, died last spring after battling severe depression. Shelly is now raising their four young children as a single parent. Both Sean and Shelly were also employees of the university; Sean worked for the De La Salle Language program and Shelly worked in Student Activities.
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In addition to raising money to help the McMahon family, planners of the event raised awareness about the disease of depression and how it can be managed through treatment.

Donations are still being accepted. To help, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Jason Richter, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights No. 45, Winona, MN 55987.

Proceeds from the dance — and a silent auction held on campus — raised close to $13,500 for this year’s beneficiary, Shelly Kubicek McMahon and her four young children.

Money raised at this year’s Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance will help Shelly McMahon of La Crosse, pictured at right with three of her four young children. McMahon’s husband died last spring after battling severe depression. The benefit’s namesake, Taylor Richmond, bottom left, and his mother, Nikki, top right, welcomed the McMahons at the event.

Approximately 550 people danced to the Johnny Holm Band during this year’s Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance March 3 at Saint Mary’s University.

Cotter performers join Ball in the House today*

Local singers from Cotter High School will work and perform with the nationally renowned a cappella ensemble Ball in the House as part of the Page Series at Saint Mary’s.

The Cotter Show Choir, under the direction of Cathy Snyder, will take part in a workshop with the five-member vocal band and will perform Stevie Wonder’s hit “Superstition” during the Ball in the House concert 7:30 p.m. today, March 9, at Page Theatre.
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Ball in the House is a pop and R&B “mouth band” from Boston. From golden oldies to original pop — all performed with a strong beat box background — Ball in the House offers a sound that has made it one of the best-known and most-loved acts in the a cappella community today. They can be heard on national TV and radio as the voice behind the commercials for Cool Whip dessert topping.

Tickets to tonight’s concert cost $16, $10 for senior citizens and $9 for students, and are available at or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Performance Center box office, Ext. 1715.

Gravert Proposal selected for national grant*

The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy and its co-sponsoring technical societies, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh have announced that a proposal written by Dennis Gravert of the Chemistry Department has been selected to receive a 2007 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant. Grants are made to small colleges for the purchase of scientific equipment, audio-visual or other teaching aids and/or library materials for use in the teaching of science at the undergraduate level.This year 13 proposals were selected from a pool of 61.
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The award of $10,000 will be matched by Saint Mary’s for the purchase of a new infrared spectrometer with accessories. With this instrument, students in World of Materials, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry courses will be able to complete several new laboratory projects including the identification of plastics, the analysis of automobile exhaust, and the analysis of food for nutritional content.In addition, high school students will use the instrument to help solve a chemical mystery during “SMU Chemistry Night,” an annual outreach program of the Chemistry Department.

Reception to honor Women’s History Month*

The Women’s Programming Office and the Residence Life Office of Saint Mary’s are hosting a social reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Toner Student Center Lounge as part the SMU celebration of Women’s History Month. All SMU students, staff and faculty are invited.

The national theme for Women’s History Month in 2007 is “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.” During the reception, generations of SMU and Winona community women will be available to informally discuss women’s issues during the decades from 1940-2007 and standards of success for women in the various decades. Student-created posters which reflect highlights of the various decades will be on display. The reception will also feature music provided by Sigma Alpha Iota, refreshments, door prizes and a display of Women’s History Month posters from the past 20 years.

Barber to speak on ‘From Faust to Wikipedia’*

Dr. Mark Barber, Philosophy Department, will present “From Faust to Wikipedia: Intellectual Achievement & Its Discontents” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the President’s Room of the Toner Student Center. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Dr. Barber’s presentation is sponsored by the National English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Ayers at Ext. 1523 or

Saint Teresa Institute plans open house

The Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women will be hosting a Spring Open House on Friday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Vlazny Hall’s lounge. Everyone is invited to stop by to learn about the Institute, visit with the women, and meet the new director, Holly Ríchard. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty to host Friday lunches in March, April*

The Faculty Development Committee and the Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching are hosting a series of Friday lunches, during which members of our community will share their expertise and a snapshot of their professional lives with us. The speakers have recently returned from sabbatical experiences or have within the past year completed a terminal degree program.
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Lunches will be held Fridays in March and April in the faculty dining room. Go through the lunch line (at no cost to you). Presentations will run from 12:30 to 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period. Come when you can; leave when you must.

The schedule includes:

March 9 — David Lynch: Regional Trade Agreements and Global Trade: Making Sense of Spaghetti.

March 16 —Monta May: Stories – life, love, art, and the search for understanding, really…

March 23 — Joe Tadie: Should we call humility virtue? (Please be ready to enter into debate on the question!)

March 30 — Ann Smith: Reflective Computing Research to Service Learning Reflection.

April 13: Dan Bucknam —Age and Memory: Senior Moments for Remembering Emotions?

April 20 — Jane Anderson: Alternative to the course text + CD: Course CD + Reaction Notebook.

M.Ed. conference is March 31-April 1*

“Shared Learning…Bringing Knowledge to Life” is the theme for the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning annual conference at Champlin Park High School March 31- April 1.

Approximately 900 learners in the M.Ed. program from across the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin will come together for two days of shared learning.

Anyone interested in more information about the conference or who may wish to attend can contact Suzanne Peterson, program director, at Ext. 6615 or at

Take a shot at Hoops for Humanity

Saint Mary’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is hosting a double elimination 3 on 3 basketball tournament fundraiser on March 11, beginning at 2 p.m. in the RAC. Teams need three players (and have the option of a fourth member as an alternate). There is a $9/team entry fee (donation to Habitat) and the chance to win some great prizes.

The first-place winners will receive a dinner cooked by Gary Diomandes, Department of Theatre Arts, and a Hoops for Humanity champs T-shirt. Additional prizes will be awarded.

There is a registration fee/donation of $9 per team (bring Sunday). All the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity's Saint Mary's chapter to reduce the cost of the spring break Collegiate Challenge Trip.

Register by e-mailing by 5 p.m. today, March 9; include your team name and member names.

Summer theatre auditions & interviews March 10*

Gilmore Creek Summer Theatre will hold actor auditions and technical interviews on Saturday, March 10, at the Performance Center.

GCST’s six-week repertory season includes the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” and the musical “Showtune: Celebrating the Words and Music of Jerry Herman.” The company will give four performances a week from July 5 to Aug. 5 at Page Theatre.
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Actors should bring a headshot and resumé, and prepare two contrasting monologues (not to exceed three minutes). Actors who can sing should also prepare two song selections (ballad and up-tempo, not exceeding two minutes) and bring their own battery-operated media player (cassette, CD, MP-3) for accompaniment. A cappella singing is not permitted. Technicians should bring a resumé and portfolio in their area of interest.

The acting company will consist of eight performers, some of whom will have additional technical responsibilities. Technical positions available include technical director, lighting designer(s), costume designer, costume shop supervisor, two stage managers, scenic artist, technician/master electrician, set construction/carpenter, and costume technician.

Contract dates for actors run from June 4 to Aug. 6. Technician contracts vary, depending on position, from May 13 to Aug. 8. Salaries vary from $250 to $350 per week, depending on duties. Housing is provided on the Winona campus.

To schedule an audition time, actors should contact artistic director Judy Myers at Ext. 6686 and technicians should contact production manager Kit Mayer at Ext. 1717. More information about GCST is available at

Cochran to speak at next biology seminar *

The next biology seminar at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, will feature SMU alumna Jennifer Cochran, a graduate student at Texas A&M University, on “Diet, Habitat and Ecomorphology of Cichlids in the Bladen River, Belize.” The event will be held in Room 112, Hoffman Hall.

Impulse, anxiety disorder workshop rescheduled

The “Kleptomania and Trichotillomania: Impulse Control & Anxiety Disorders” workshop by Jo Hittner, Ph.D., L.P., has been rescheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Figliulo Recital Hall. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Wellness Center, Psychology Club and Project COMPASS, and is free to the SMU community (with ID).

Join others at SMU for April 21 Relay for Life

The Colleges Against Cancer student group has again challenged SMU faculty and staff to participate in the Relay for Life on April 21. All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

Contact Jason Richter, Ext 1648, or Laurie Hale Erdmann, Ext. 1464, to join the team.

Safe and Sober Day to be observed March 14

Students at Saint Mary’s University will receive information regarding the dangers of drinking and driving during the annual “Safe and Sober Day” on Wednesday, March 14.

Saint Mary’s is partnering with the Winona Police Department and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help students achieve a better understanding of the risks involved with drinking and driving, as well as underage drinking. Posters and pamphlets will be distributed, and students will have the option to try on “drunk goggles,” which simulate what it is like to be intoxicated. A crashed car — involved in an accident where drinking was a factor — will also be displayed on campus.
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This year’s Safe and Sober Day is only a few days before St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that often involves drinking. According to MADD, in 2004 there were 45 alcohol-related deaths on St. Patrick’s Day. Event organizers hope this year’s event will remind students to act responsibly.

Activities will take place in the Toner Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Maggie Soucheray at or (651) 983-7469.

Renewable energy program will be March 10*

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, along with a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, has developed a new program called “Renewable Energy 101 for Universities.”

The “Renewable Energy 101 for Universities” program will be coming to Saint Mary’s University on Saturday, March 10, the eighth stop on its 10-university tour.
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The primary goal of this program is to provide a substantive understanding of different renewable energy technologies. The program includes different advocacy strategies that have historically worked across the nation and Canada.

Presenters will include Chamomile Nusz, executive director of Citizens Energy Cooperative of Wisconsin; Benjamin Nusz, solar hot water site assessor; and Chris Talbot, workshop/promotion coordinator of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

The schedule will be:

10 to 10:45 a.m. — Energy Efficiency
10:45 to 11:40 a.m. — Solar Hot Water
11:40 to 11:50 a.m. — Break
11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. — Photovoltaics
12:45 to 1:35 p.m. — Lunch
1:35 to 2:30 p.m. — Wind Systems
2:30 to 2:40 p.m. — Break
2:40 to 3:35 p.m. — Other Alternatives (biodiesel, biomass, geothermal, hydro, passive solar construction)
3:35 to 4 p.m. — Campus Energy Challenge
This program, co-sponsored by the SMU Department of Philosophy and the Office of Student Development, will be held in Salvi Lecture Hall, located at Saint Mary’s Hall. The event — free and open to the public — does not include lunch. Space is limited. Register by today, March 9, with Jake Olzen at Ext. 7502 or For more information about the program, contact the Midwest Renewable Energy Association at (715) 592-6595.

Second Soup for the Soul is March 14*

Faculty and staff are invited to the second “Chicken Soup for the Lasallian Soul” this year.The event will be held at the Brothers House on Wednesday, March 14.The program will run from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. and is hosted by Brother Bob Smith and the Office for Mission.

This program will consist of a light lunch (chicken soup, bread, and beverage), followed by a discussion at each table of a brief article which will be provided prior to the event.
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Due to the location, a limited number of seats are available.This, in combination with our hope to have a balance of participants from all areas of the university requires interested participants to register by 3 p.m. today, March 9.

As the goal is to have relatively equal numbers from among faculty, student development staff, secretarial staff, maintenance and other administrative staff, placement will be based upon: a) earliest reservation and B)area within the university the individual is employed. If there are additional openings following this initial placement, the roster will be filled on a first come, first served basis, including anyone who responds after the 3 p.m. deadline.

If you are interested in participating, e-mail Brother Bob and include your name, campus mailbox and position/area of employment.

For more information, contact Brother Bob at Ext. 1797 or

High School Challenge continues Sunday

Last Sunday Fox 24/48 of La Crosse aired Cotter High School defeating Lewiston-Altura 135-115, and becoming the 2006-07 High School Challenge Consolation Champions.

At 10 a.m. this Sunday, March 11, on Fox, Winona Senior High School will take on La Crescent in the first quarter final game of High School Challenge, a tournament of knowledge sponsored by Saint Mary's. Stay tuned and watch eight teams compete over the next seven weeks for the title of High School Challenge Super Bowl Champion. Tune in to see which team advanced to the semi-finals.

An update from Nairobi*

From Father Michael Kirwen, director of the Maryknoll Institute for African Studies in Nairobi, Kenya:

“The second and final Pastoral Reflection (PTR) session for MIASMU students and field assistants was held on Friday, March 2, in the MIASMU lecture hall. During sessions of this type students and field assistants reflect upon what they have learned in class and researched in the field. The presentations are conveyed in form of skits, and discussions ensue from questions posed. Over the years, most participants have termed the PTR as one of the best features of the program as it accords the participants time to mingle and know one another while learning about the different courses offered.

The classes that presented skits were African Culture: An Overview; Spirituality, Personhood and Psychotherapy in an African Context; and African Traditional Religion: Major Beliefs, Practices and Contemporary Forms. Prior to the Pastoral reflection sessions, students and field assistants attend field research training workshops where they study various methods of data collection and analysis.”

Volunteer Committee events

Jeans for a Cause last Friday raised $105. The money raised will be donated to the De La Salle High School in New Orleans.

A tentative schedule for future “Let’s Do Lunches” includes:

  • April 19 — “Let’s Do Lunch,” hosted by the Education Department
  • May 18 — “Let’s Do Ice Cream”
  • June 22 — “Let’s Do Ice Cream”
  • July 20 — “Let’s Do Ice Cream”

The Gilmore Creek cleanup has tentatively been scheduled for April 24.

Jazz events*

Dr. John Paulson, professor of music, was one of six clinicians at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Jazz Festival last Saturday.He and Dr. Rich MacDonald of WSU worked with high school and middle school groups from around the region at the non-competitive festival.
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Trombonist Dean Sorenson, the director, will be joining The John Paulson-Larry Price Quintet at a concert March 26 at Saint Paul Central High School.The concert is sponsored by the TwinCities Jazz Society as part of their Jazz J-Z series, and it will feature the St. Paul Central Jazz ensemble and the Paulson-Price Quintet.For further information on the concert, visit

The John Paulson Trio will perform today, March 9, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Big River Dining Room (formerly The Blackhorse). JoiningJohn Paulson on saxes, and flute will be SMU adjunct music instructor Mike James on guitar and Eric Graham on double bass.There is no cover charge.For a complete listing of upcoming dates, please visit

Mark your calendar for the April 27 Saint Mary’s University spring jazz concert featuring outstanding alumni from around the region joining Dr. Paulson in celebration of 25 years directing jazz groups at Saint Mary’s.

This weekend Dr. Paulson and sophomore Music Technology major Adam Wig will record CD tracks for theWinona Hims Chorus.The 45-piece men’s chorus will record 16 songs using the Music Technology recording gear in Saint Yon’s Hall. Their first CD should be ready for release this summer after they complete the mastering process with Brett Huus (SMU adjunct instructor and Grammy artist) at Soundstrations Studio in La Crosse.

Swing Inc. (with Eric Heukeshoven) will perform 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Canadian Honker Restaurant in Rochester.

The John Paulson Quartet will perform 8 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Jefferson Pub & Grill, 58 Center St. The quartet also features Heukeshoven, Dobbe and Graham.

Diehl, Pattee gave presentation on global issues*

Drs. Dorothy Diehl (Modern Languages) and Steve Pattee (Interdisciplinary Studies) gave a presentation at the February conference of the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning in Minneapolis. The conference theme was “Transforming Student Learning for a Global Society,” and their presentation, “Bringing the Outside In: Educating for Justice Through Global Issues,” described the method used in their sections of Global Issues to confront students with social justice concerns. Brother Robert Smith, FSC, and Peggy Johnson also attended the conference.

Librarian presents at Ex Libris Users’ Meeting*

Lori Pesik, cataloging librarian at the Fitzgerald Library, presented “Get the Fields You Want from Aleph Standard Reports” at the second annual Ex Libris Regional Users’ Meeting in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Pesik showed colleagues how to customize library reports by modifying XSL report templates. Pesik’s presentation was part of the session “Reports: Getting the Most Out of What is Available via GUI Services,” which she presented with colleagues Rosie Mock from Minnesota State University-Mankato and Lynn Wolf from Online Dakota Information Network.

Winona Serials librarian Lauren Leighton, Twin Cities director of Library Services Gretchen Pyle, and Twin Cities Technical Services coordinator Rachel McGee also attended the two-day meeting, which drew participants from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Vondrasek joins Student Services

Tammy Vondrasek has joined the Student Service as an assistant director of Financial Aid. Her office is 32G in Student Services, lower level of Saint Mary’s Hall.

O’Fallon to speak at mathematics colloquium*

Dr. Judith Rich O'Fallon, professor emeritus, Mayo Clinic, is the next speaker in the mathematics department's Women in Mathematics Colloquium. Her talk, "Biostatistical Careers in Medical Research", is 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Salvi Lecture Hall. A reception sponsored by the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women will be held in the Common Room prior to the event.

New database added for business department*

The library has added Mergent Online to its collection of databases. This database provides information for both U.S. and international companies including business description, history, property, subsidiaries, officers and directors, long-term debt and capital stock. Country reports are also part of this package.

To access, go to the “articles and More” page on the library website:

For more information, contact Ruth Ann Schwartz at

Japanese students visit SMU

A contingent of students from Winona’s sister city in Japan, are visiting Winona. The group ate lunch Thursday at Saint Mary’s University. Tony Piscitiello, vice president for admission, gave them a tour of campus, and they used our RAC and ice rink facilities before spending the evening on campus.

First Heart and SOUL Triathlon nears

Saint Mary’s first Heart and SOUL (Serving Others United in Love) Triathlon will be held Sunday, April 29, at Lake Lodge, located on East Lake Winona. The triathlon finishes on the SMU campus. Participants will row two miles, ride 14 miles and run 3.2 miles as a fundraiser for SOUL mission trips.

The cost is $25 for individuals or $50 for teams of three or four, if you register before March 30. Prizes will be given. For kayak and canoe rentals, contact the Office of Campus Ministry at Ext. 1643. For registration forms, go online to

WSU BCAA reschedules Soul Food Dinner

Winona State University’s Black Cultural Awareness Association (BCAA) hosts its 18th annual Soul Food Dinner 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the East Dining Hall of Kryzsko Commons.

The dinner was originally scheduled for Feb. 24 and rescheduled due to the weather.

The menu includes southern fried chicken, southern fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler, and select Egyptian dishes.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 students and $10 for children younger than 13. Tickets can be purchased by calling the WSU Cultural Diversity Office at 457-5595.