Friday, March 30, 2007

SMU sponsors Youth Leadership luncheon April 10

This year’s final Winona Youth Leadership activity and luncheon is set for Tuesday, April 10, in the Toner Student Center. Youth Leadership partners include Saint Mary’s, the Winona Daily News, Winona State, the United Way, Winona Health and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce. Saint Mary’s will host 18 juniors from four area high schools, and challenge them with fun activities that relate to college life and making smart choices. Brother Chancellor Louis DeThomasis will give a luncheon talk about ethical decision making.

Classical guitarist Jankovic to perform April 14-15*

Classical guitarist Petar Jankovic will perform as part of the Page Series 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Figliulo Recital Hall.

Jankovic is an artist who masterfully translates music into emotion; he connects with audiences, and they find themselves moved. From humble beginnings as a guitar student in his native Yugoslavia, Jankovic has won acclaim from audiences around the world.
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Tickets are $12, $9 for seniors and $8 for students and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

Senior art show to run April 13 through May 12*

SMU senior art students will present the next art show, “emergence” April 15 through May 12 at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. Artists displaying will include Brytton Bjorngaard, Nicole Bohn, Anna Dehmer, Travis Hanson, Josh Kanuch, Dani Lynch, Jessica Ribish, Holly Schuh, Brian Stallone, Brian Stuck and Brittany Volz.

An opening reception will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The galleries — free and open to the public — are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Kowles to give final ‘Last Lecture Series’*

Dr. Richard Kowles, Distinguished Professor of Biology, will present the fourth installment of the “Last Lecture Series” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. Dr. Kowles’ topic will be “Let’s End the Schism Between the Techs and the Fuzzies.”
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Kowles says the title is a reference to the often -stated “liberal arts versus the sciences.” The “Versus” in this statement should be deemed by everyone, including the techs and the fuzzies, as being absurd. They are not exclusive entities; rather, the two thought processes should be continually interweaved. Those in the humanities need to realize the world is not run by magic. Those in the sciences need to incorporate into their work how others view science and all of its ramifications. A number of examples will be presented that will illustrate the point. The event, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life, will be held in the basement lounge of Hillside Hall. Refreshments will be provided by Chartwells.

For this series, students were asked to nominate and recognize fantastic teaching faculty and staff by awarding them the opportunity to give a hypothetical “last lecture ever.”

Faculty to host Friday lunches in March, April*

The Faculty Development Committee and the Office of the Center 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. The speakers have recently returned from sabbatical experiences or have recently 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 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.

Buy, sell at upcoming campus flea market

A Saint Mary’s Flea Market will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the plaza (or the Hall of Fame Room in case of inclement weather).

Students, staff and faculty are welcome to rent a table for $5 in the plaza to sell any unwanted stuff. The $5 will go toward a donation for local charities, and sellers can keep all their own profits. This is a great way to get rid of things if you are moving out and an even better way to pick up dorm supplies for next year. Feel free to sell anything of your own that you would like to and come ready to bargain. Sign up for tables after break.

For more information, contact Jake Olzen or Katie LaPlant, Ext. 6936.

SMU Day at the Capitol is April 12*

Students are encouraged to join their peers as they meet legislators and lobby for the Minnesota State Grant Program on Thursday, April 12. A free breakfast and lunch will be served on the bus. The event is sponsored by Student Senate.

WSU, SMU students donate to ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser

Winona State University will present the popular fundraiser “Empty Bowls” Thursday, April 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in WSU’s Watkins Gallery.
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WSU and Saint Mary’s University art students and area potters are collaborating with local restaurants and bakeries to offer bread and soup in handmade pottery bowls. Adults donate $12, students $8 for lunch and a pottery bowl they can keep. All donated funds go to the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

In addition to WSU and SMU students, local ceramic artists Chuck Aydlett, Charley Campbell, Marilyn Klinker, Mike Knox, Michelle Maslowski, Anne Scott Plummer, Lynette Power and Teresa Schumaker have produced more than 250 wheel-thrown and hand-built stoneware bowls.

There will also be a selection of ceramic pieces offered for silent auction. Area restaurants donating homemade soup and bread are Beno’s, the Blue Heron, Chartwells, Good Harvest, Signatures, and Bread and Bagel.

For more information, call WSU professor and Gallery Director Anne Scott Plummer at 457-5393 or e-mail:

Library break schedule announced

Fitzgerald Library on the Winona campus will observe the schedule below during Easter break:

March 31 — closed
April 1 — closed
April 2, 3, 4, 5 — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
April 6 — closed
April 7 — closed
April 8 — closed
April 9 — 4:30 p.m. to midnight
April 10 — Resume regular hours

Faculty/staff group forming for April's Relay for Life

Winona State University and Saint Mary's University are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Relay for Life April 21-22 in the WSU Courtyard. This year’s theme is “A Night with the Stars.” Activities include live bands, theme laps, prizes, a silent auction, games and salsa lessons.
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Last year, the two universities raised more than $50,000. Their goal is to raise more than $65,000 this year. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to aid cancer research and help in the fight.

Several SMU student teams and one faculty/staff team have formed. If you are interested in joining the faculty/staff team, contact Jason Richter, Ext. 1648, or Laurie Erdmann, Ext. 1464.

Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event (though participants do not need to stay overnight) designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back against this disease. During the event, teams of people take turns walking or running laps. Each team keeps at least one team member on the track at all times. But Relay for Life is much more than a walk around a track. It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived.

To raise money for this important cause, the faculty and staff team is planning a number of fundraisers this spring.

A silent auction, planned for mid-April, will feature homemade/handmade arts and crafts. Anyone who would like to donate items for the auction should contact Erdmann or Richter by April 11. The auction will be held in the Admission conference room April 12-13. Auction ends at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

During a Pampered Chef fundraiser, 20 percent of all sales will go to the American Cancer Society. Return orders with payment by April 3. Call Erdmann at 1464 or Janelle Ansell at Ext. 1464.

Read more about Relay for Life at

SMU hosts high school bands

SMU will host area rock bands Saturday night, April 21, in the gymnasium. Cotter and Winona Senior High School bands will participate. Donation is a canned good for the Winona Food Shelf.

Cochran to speak at next biology seminar*

The next biology seminar at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, will feature SMU alum Joseph Cochran, Chicago Medical School, on “Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Patients with Pituitary Tumors.” The event will be held in Room 112, Hoffman Hall.

New online databases*

The Fitzgerald Library is happy to announce the addition of two award-winning databases: America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts, both from ABC-CLIO. These databases provide indexing to more than 2,000 journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada and the world. Search them individually or in combination. They should be valuable not only to students and scholars in history fields, but also to those in the humanities and social sciences.

Access both from the alphabetical list on the library website at

Contact Ruth Ann Schwartz for more information.

Decorah, North Crawford challenge competition to air

On La Crosse’s Fox 25/48 last Sunday, Holmen defeated La Crosse Logan 185-140 in the third quarter-final game of High School Challenge, a tournament of knowledge sponsored by and held at Saint Mary’s University. This win means Holmen will advance to the semi-finals.

Airing this Sunday, April 1, Decorah will take on North Crawford in the fourth quarter-final game of High School Challenge. Tune in at 10 a.m. on Fox 25/48 to see which team will take on Holmen in the semi-finals!

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

Volunteer Committee events

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 annual “Spruce Up Winona” day with WSU and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical has been set for Wednesday, April 25, and the Gilmore Creek cleanup has tentatively been scheduled for April 24. Watch for more details!

Jazz events*

Swing Inc., featuring John Paulson on sax, Jerry Paulson on flugelhorn, Steve Kulas on drums and Eric Heukeshoven at the keyboard, will perform at 9:30 p.m. today, March 30, at Bub’s Brewing Company, 65 E. 4th St.

The John Paulson Trio will perform 5:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays, April 13 and April 28, at Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester.

Heart and SOUL Row, Ride and Run Triathlon nears

The first Saint Mary's Heart and SOUL Row, Ride and Run Triathlon will be held Sunday, April 29. The race will start at Lake Lodge, on East Lake in Winona, and will finish on the SMU campus.

Participants will row 2 miles, bike 14 miles and run 3.2 miles. The cost is $25 for individuals or $50 for teams of three or four, if you register by today. A drawing for prizes will take place at the finish. For kayak and canoe rental information, contact the Office of Campus Ministry at Ext. 1643. Registration forms are available in the Office of Campus Ministry or online at All proceeds from the race will be used to fund future SOUL trips.

Kirk, Smith working with Minnesota Beethoven Festival

Dr. Ned Kirk, Music Department, and Julie Smith, Performance Center general manager, have been named artistic director and managing director of the new Minnesota Beethoven Festival, a two-week classical music festival that will take place in venues throughout Winona and will feature performances by nationally and internationally recognized artists.
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Minnesota’s premier symphony orchestra will highlight the festival during opening and closing events. On Saturday, July 7, Minnesota Orchestra will perform a pops concert, and on Sunday, July 22, it will be led by Osmo Vänskä in performing Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3” and “Symphony No. 8.”

Also scheduled to appear during the 2007 festival are pianists Kevin Kenner and Kirk, the Artaria String Quartet from St. Paul, Canadian Brass, and the Filipovich/Vance/Kirk Piano Trio. The piano trio features Winona performers Natalie Filipovich on violin, Paul Vance on cello and Kirk on piano. In the fall, Minnesota Beethoven Festival will host an arts education week for Winona-area students and local string musicians.

Minnesota Beethoven Festival is the creation of Hugh Miller, president and CEO of RTP Company.

A complete schedule of events for the inaugural season of Minnesota Beethoven Festival is expected to be announced by mid-April. Tickets will be available from the SMU Box Office; watch for more information about pricing and availability.

Kowles attends genetics conference, presents research*

Dr. Dick Kowles, Biology Department, attended the 49th annual Maize Genetics Conference on March 22-25 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. The research that Kowles, Dr. Jeanne Minnerath, and colleagues at the University of Minnesota have amassed on oat-maize plants and photosynthesis was presented.

Matt Walch, an SMU alumnus and graduate student at the University of Minnesota, gave the presentation. Only 36 research projects were selected for oral presentations out of over several hundred applications. Also attending the conference were a number of former SMU students including Ruth Swanson Wagner, Iowa State University; Sherry Flint-Garcia, University of Missouri; and Teresa Miller, Marquette University. Wagner and Miller displayed posters of their research. All are alumni who found their way into maize genetics.

Lenz presents paper*

Dr. Brooke Lenz, Department of English, gave a paper titled “Fact and Fiction: The Metafictional Standpoint Methodology of Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” at the 13th annual conference of the Marquette University Women’s Studies Program, Women and Creativity IX, March 22-24. The conference featured presentations involving a multitude of disciplinary perspectives, focusing on women artists and women in literature, film, religious texts, and other artistic spaces.

Faculty, staff to put on medicine show fundraiser

SMU faculty and staff and students are presenting “Queen Sheba’s Medicine Show — The World Peace and Full Belly Tour” 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Winona Arts Center, 5th and Franklin streets.

The event will feature music, monologues and dance, centered around sustainable living, social justice and the foibles of globalization. Participating are faculty members Dr. Wes Miller, Dr. Eileen Daily and Dr. Joe Tadie; Monta May, Communication and Marketing office, and SMU students Sheba Hulsing and Emerald Hulsing, as well as others.

The audience are invited to make a freewill donation to either Winona Volunteer Services or Amnesty International. In lieu of a cash donation, audiences members are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents in the community.

Kjorlien writes online article about Tegrity*

Chad Kjorlien, director of instructional technology, wrote an article for the TLT (Teaching, Learning and Technology) Group titled “Evaluation of a Pilot Test of a new Technology for Faculty” in F-Light. View his article in this free online publication that features studies related to educational uses of technology at:

A more detailed case study will be published online through Educause Center for Applied Research on April 10.

Let the library know of great summer reads

What book would you recommend as a great summer read? Fitzgerald Library wants to know! Just fill out the form you received in your campus mailbox and return it to Box 26 or drop it off at the library. A list of SMU's favorites will be posted on the library's web site. Return your form by April 13 and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Reminder: No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Because of break, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ next week. Look ahead on your calendars. The deadline for the April 13 edition is Wednesday, April 11.