Official 10th-day-of-class statistics at the Saint Mary’s University Winona campus show a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,350, up approximately 4.5 percent from last year’s total of 1,292.
That number includes 1,276 full-time Winona-campus undergraduates and 74 part-time and non-degree-seeking students.
A total of 399 freshmen are enrolled this fall, 6 percent higher than in 2006. The freshman class is the second-highest in Saint Mary’s history; the highest was recorded in 1988. With transfers and readmitted students added, the total number of new degree-seeking students is 455.
Enrollment in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs will be released later this fall.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Official 10th-day-of-class statistics at the Saint Mary’s University Winona campus show a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,350, up approximately 4.5 percent from last year’s total of 1,292.
The winner of SMU’s major Minnesota State Fair giveaway, a Honda scooter, is Rick Johnson of St. Paul. Johnson’s name was drawn Wednesday, Sept 5.
This year 3,448 people registered for the scooter giveaway; 1,884 went on our website to register, and of those, 375 requested more information about Saint Mary’s. We also counted 1,564 paper entries, with 224 paper requests for information.
The Saint Mary’s University Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Alumni Office, will induct four members into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame during Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2007 will be honored during a ceremony Saturday evening. They include Vicki (Wilson ’96) Greene (basketball, volleyball), Kevin Henthorne ’93 (baseball), Mike Horvath ’82 (basketball), and Julie (Giebe ’97) Houchin (soccer).
Along with the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame class, Saturday’s ceremony will also honor SMU’s 2006-07 award-winners, as well as last year’s Outstanding Male and Female Athletes, and Outstanding Scholar Athletes.
A full slate of events await parents and students during Saint Mary’s annual Family Weekend Sept. 28-30. In addition, the public is invited to enjoy the talents of SMU students during theatre, jazz, and band and chorus events.
Jazz Combo I will start off the concert playing selections from their repertoire of recognizable jazz standards like “Stolen Moments” by Oliver Nelson. Featured soloists include Sam Courtier on guitar, Matt Clementz on trumpet and Tony Freeman on tenor sax.
The big band will perform tunes like Bryan Kid’s arrangement “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver, and “Round Midnight” by Thelonius Monk, featuring sophomore Vanessa Grams on alto sax. Also included in their set will be the recognizable “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris, arranged by Mark Taylor.
The Saint Mary’s Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Choir will perform a number of choral works, from the Renaissance to Gospel music, and in several languages including Latin and Iroquois. The Concert Choir (65 voices) and Chamber Singers (24 voices) are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea, and the Women’s Choir (23 voices) is directed by faculty member Peter Schleif.
Reza demonstrates through comic relief what it means to be a friend. When an art lover buys a very expensive white painting (with white stripes), his best friend goes ballistic. A third friend enters the scene acting as a mediator. Reza humorously examines both subjects with the use of three characters: the man who bought the painting and the two friends who come to see it. Tickets for the performance — to be held in Page Theatre — are $8, $6 for students and seniors. The audience should be advised that “Art” contains strong language.
To order tickets for any of these Family Weekend events — or to learn more about any upcoming productions at SMU — contact the Performance Center Box Office at (507) 457-1715 during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or order online at www.pagetheatre.org.
Saint Mary’s University has announced a monetary gift of more than $560,000 from the late Philip Morris, class of 1942, and his wife, Patricia, both of Green Valley, Ariz., and formerly of Kansas.
The Morrises created the Morris Family Trust, which stipulated — upon the death of the surviving spouse — that 90 percent of their combined estate would be distributed to Saint Mary’s University in memory of Professor Robert Woods of the Economics Department and Brother Luke A. Herbert, former university librarian. The remaining 10 percent went to America’s Press, Inc. in New York, N.Y.
The gift will be used for the university-designated endowment.
Philip Morris was active in the Saint Mary’s alumni organization and in fundraising for the Saint Thomas More Chapel on the Winona campus.
The Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women and the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota are sponsoring a Walk for Thought fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 6, at Lake Winona.
The sixth annual Walk for Thought raises public awareness about brain injury and funding to support those affected by brain injury. Each year more than 20,000 Minnesotans sustain a traumatic brain injury from events such as motor vehicle crashes, falls and firearms — six times more than the combined annual number of people who will experience HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Despite this startling statistic, awareness about the causes and residual effects of brain injury remain low.
In 2007, the Walk for Thought will be at two other locations besides Winona, Canal Park in Duluth and Como Park in St. Paul. This marks the second time the walk has been held in Winona.
Registration and check-in for the Winona walk starts at 9 a.m. at the walk tent in the Kmart parking lot. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. To register online or for more information, go to www.braininjurymn.org.
Last year more than 1,000 participants and sponsors raised nearly $80,000 for the cause — and this year the goal is to raise a record-breaking $100,000 for the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.
“While our goal is to continue raising awareness, this year’s walk is of acute importance as one of our young students sustained a brain injury in an accident just weeks before school started,” said Holly Richard, director of the Saint Teresa Institute. “When intangible statistics become real within a small community, people take action. Brain injuries are very real, and we hope to get more people involved to support the work of the Brain Injury Association.”
Mark your calendars for 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. 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 will be held 6 to 8 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.
Several celebrity SMU “chefs” will be preparing a huge variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres, and 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.
Come and enjoy music by our own talented musicians, and peruse items in a silent auction. We’re hoping the time and talents of our SMU community will fill our display tables.
This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our community.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is offering free tuition for semester I 2007 dance classes to children (ages 4 to 17) whose families lost their homes in the recent flooding.
Semester I classes begin this week and run through Nov. 17. Classes are held at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. Classes and performance opportunities are available for girls and boys. Students may pick from a variety of dance genres including: ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. MCA also offer a special class for boys.
Parents interested in registering their child/children who wish to apply for MCA’s Flood Relief Scholarship Fund should contact Christine Martin at Ext. 5501 or email@example.com. For more information about MCA visit www.smumn.edu/mca.
Big Red couldn’t stop dancing to SMU’s Bookreader.
An estimated 300 to 350 students, staff and faculty attended the concert, which also included food and kid’s games.
SMU student Peter Snell performs as part of the Rockin’ for Relief concert.
Last weekend’s Rockin’ for Relief — a live concert to benefit flood victims in our surrounding communities — raised $2,889.78. With a matching $2,500 donation from Modern Woodmen of America, the proceeds total $5,389.78.
Between 300 and 350 people attended the event that included live music, kids games, a live auction and barbecued food.
The event was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Volunteer Services and Office of Campus Ministry.
SMU athletes Kevin Eidsmo and Nick Fabbri hauled muddy belongings and pails of mud from the basement of a home in Rushford.
Students, including, Arica Ellingsen (soccer) and Theresa Perrini (volleyball) demolished a house in Rushford.
Angel Weisbrod addresses a large crowd of athletes Sunday morning about health and safety concerns. A total of 199 athletes and 112 other students, along with a few faculty and staff, helped area communities this past weekend.
Nearly 200 athletes, and 112 other students — along with some faculty and staff — assisted our area communities for 1,470 hours of service last weekend alone.
Our volunteers stacked wood, worked on siding, gutted houses, brought up buckets of mud, emptied basements, powerwashed items and landscaped. And, most of all, they helped revitalize and energize a group of flood victims who have grown tired and depressed. Let’s make that a great beginning as we continue to shed a little hope for our neighbors.
WSU students joined SMU efforts for a full weekend of community service.
Though it’s been three and a half weeks since flooding devastated our area, we can’t forget the hundreds and hundreds of people who have barely begun to put their lives back together. We can’t start letting ourselves tire of hearing about the flooding or think that we’ve helped ... or donated ... enough.
Our neighbors are still in dire need, and will continue to need our help in the upcoming months, and beyond.
Another group of SMU students will be heading out this Saturday. Three homes in Rushford have already asked for our help.
If you are unable to help on Saturday, but are able to help at any point, please contact Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A form has been created at www.smumn.edu/floodhelp to help her better place you where you are most needed.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated time and lent a helping hand. As a Lasallian university, we are proud to be in a position where we can offer this level of commitment and caring support.
The Twin Cities campus is holding a potluck fundraiser for our flood victims in September. A group of alumni and Twin Cities employees have traveled — and plan upcoming trips — to help flood victims in our surrounding communities.
The school year’s Let’s Do Lunch proceeds have been reallocated to help faculty and staff who have lost their homes or had significant damage. The first Let’s Do Lunch, hosted by the Department of Athletics and Student Development, will be held Sept. 25.
This is the first of a series of stories of SMU faculty and staff who have suffered serious damage 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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All of the contents of Henthorne’s basement and most of her first floor were destroyed in the August flood.
Contents of Henthorne’s shed were pulled out from a foot of mud.
Cleanup efforts have been slow for residents in Stockton.
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Coral Henthorne was headed to sleep when her boyfriend Sean went out on their porch to watch the heavy rains late in the evening of Aug. 18. Through the darkness, he could see that a ravine near their home was already quickly rising and cars were stalling with water. But the couple didn’t know just how serious it was about to become in Stockton.
Soon Sean woke Coral to tell her to get dressed; their home was flooding. Things happened quickly. By shortly after 11 p.m., their front steps had washed away, and power was periodically going on and off. Coral heard over the radio that Stockton was evacuating, and from their window, they watched a Winona County Sheriff’s car get stuck in the high water, and its driver evacuate from her car window.
Coral dialed 911. A frazzled operator told her that they desperately needed to get out, that a home on their street (only two houses away) had washed off of its foundation and floated away, but the operator offered no answers of how they should get out or where they should go.
When a small Dive & Rescue raft came to their door, Coral and Sean asked them to evacuate Sean’s parents next door first before coming back for them.
There wasn’t time to set out food for their dog (Bear), grab pictures or even extra clothing. There wasn’t time to do anything but concentrate on getting to safety.
“We put our dog upstairs, and we hoped for the best,” Coral said.
As Coral and Sean got into the small raft, it sprung a leak. With closer ambulances likely full, the couple was dropped off along Highway 14 and told to walk up the hill until another ambulance could pick them up. By this point, rushing water was up to Coral’s waist, and the two struggled to remain standing.
“The current was so strong, I couldn’t hold onto (Sean’s) hand anymore,” Coral said.
Eventually, the two were evacuated via ambulance to higher ground and arrived at the Saint Mary’s University Red Cross evacuation shelter at 3:30 a.m.
By late Sunday afternoon, Aug. 19, Coral and Sean – like many of their neighbors – went back into town to see what was left.
“The first thing we saw was our dog’s paws up on the top window, and we heard a loud bark, so we knew he was OK,” Coral said. “That was one of the most enjoyable things.”
Their pole shed was filled with a foot of heavy mud. The contents of their garage and basement were destroyed, along with two cars and a motorcycle. Their basement was filled with water, and standing water on their main floor destroyed most of their furnishings: a couch, bed, dressers, washer and dryer, furnace, water heater — along with all of their clothes and Christmas decorations.
Because they don’t live on what is considered a flood plain, the couple does not have flood insurance.
Though their foundation was declared “sound,” their home structure has twisted to the point that doors do not shut, and cupboards do not shut or rotate. Their porches have separated from the home, and a portion of the ceiling has fallen down.
At this point, Coral said it’s a waiting game. The two have been living with Coral’s mother and have been offered a FEMA trailer. They wait to see if their home will be condemned or if they should rebuild or try to fix their existing home.
Coral thanks the many family members and SMU coworkers who helped her clean out mud and belongings from the flood. “I don’t know what I would have done without them,” she said.
The following letter was sent by SMU trustee and alumnus Mike Gostomski of Winona.
“As a number of you Saint Mary’s University people know, I am part of the infamous Shorty’s coffee group. Since the demise of Shorty’s, we have been having coffee at Midtown Foods, located in the Winona Mall.
“Over the last couple of weeks, we have acquired some new friends. Much more polished than any of us but just as friendly. They are the members of the disaster team from the Southern Baptist Conference. This morning one of the leaders stopped at the table and asked if any of us were associated with Saint Mary’s. He went on to compliment the university and its response to the floods that Winona, Houston and Fillmore Counties have experienced recently.
Read more...He led one of the recovery teams in Rushford that consisted of 40 students from Saint Mary’s. There was also at least one other team, and I also spoke with that team leader. He said they work all of the time with young people on their mercy missions, and the students from Saint Mary’s were some of the best that they have ever had on their teams. The students were hard-working and very polite and willing to take direction. In all, there were around 100 students working (with this group).
“The group of volunteers is from Texas and has answered the call of the Baptist Church of Minnesota. It has been wonderful to meet these people who give so much time up for others. It also makes me proud to be associated with SMU. They have a temporary mess hall set up across the highway from Sugar Loaf Ford and so far have served in excess of 40,000 meals to people working on the cleanup and also those displaced by the disaster.”
The following letter was written by Pat Kraemer, Operations Director, from the American Red Cross.
“Thank you for your generous contribution to the American Red Cross of use of your facility for our shelter. Your donation to the Southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin Floods Relief Operation was an expression of compassion and concern for the local residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin who were affected by this disaster. We appreciate your willingness to put your caring and concern into action through the American Red Cross.
“Please be assured the support you have given to the American Red Cross during this relief operation has made a significant difference in the lives of those we serve.”
A Connecticut librarian who is one of only four people in the nation who can legally discuss a gag order imposed as part of a USA PATRIOT Act investigation will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Saint Mary’s. The event — free and open to the public — will be held in Figliulo Recital Hall.
George Christian was party to a lawsuit that successfully challenged the gag order provision of the National Security Letter (NSL) statute. The NSL is part of the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). In 2005, Christian was served by the FBI with an NSL demanding that he turn over records concerning library patrons’ use of computers, the Internet and e-mail.
Christian and three colleagues are the only four people who can even mention they have been served with an NSL. Christian said the recipients of an estimated 270,000 other NSLs issued since 9-11 “are under a perpetual gag order and must therefore carry the secret of their encounter with them to their graves.”
Christian’s appearance is being held in conjunction with events for Constitution Day, which was instituted by the Bill of Rights Institute to “educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our founding documents, and how our founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.” For more information, contact Dr. Steven Schild, Ext. 1753.
Russian pianist Svetlana Belsky returns to Saint Mary’s University this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. to give a solo recital. This music department-sponsored concert will be in Figliulo Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.
Pavlo, the first Page Series event, will perform Sept. 14.
The first Page Series event, Pavlo, will hit the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Page Theatre.
Pavlo’s unique sound and high-energy concerts have earned him an international reputation as one of today’s great performers. Through guitars, drums and vocals, Pavlo expresses his influences — flamenco, Latin, classical, Greek bouzouki — with a passion that is present in every note. Participants will see why the enthusiasm is contagious during this concert, called “the ultimate Mediterranean experience.”
Tickets are $20, $14 for seniors or $12 for students and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org, in person, or by calling the Performance Center box office at Ext. 1715 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations requests that faculty and staff utilizing alumni or community members in volunteer roles (i.e., speaking to a class, hosting a field trip, writing an article for a department publication, etc.) share that information with Vickie Cada, director of Stewardship and Volunteer Services. Just as we acknowledge benefactors for their financial support, it is our continuing goal to also recognize these investments of time and energy.
If you have names of volunteers from the 2006-07 year, please share them with Cada, Ext. 7000 or email@example.com by Sept. 21 to be included in 2006-07 recognition publications.
The Student Activities Committee (SAC) and the Office of Outdoor Leadership, invite students to enjoy a guided hike each week. The first hike will be this Sunday, Sept. 16, and people will be meeting for it at 12:30 p.m. at the Info. Desk in the Student Toner Center. It will be at a location somewhere in or near Winona but off of the Saint Mary’s campus.
Plan on being gone for about an hour and a half this week. There will be transportation provided. There are a limited number of spots so if you plan to attend, please sign up outside of the Outdoor Leadership Office (8D) in the basement of the Toner Student Center. If you have any questions or for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winona artist Monta May displays “Communion Circle: 1-10,” part of the dual show with Carol Faber, “Interstices” and “Images of Nature,” on display through Oct. 5 at Saint Mary’s University.
A variety of unique artwork — including a ceremonial robe, gourds, sculpture, photography, encaustic painting, charcoal drawings, and digital fine art prints — is currently on display at Saint Mary’s University’s Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.
Artists Monta May, director of web communication at Saint Mary’s, and Carol Faber, assistant professor of art and design at Iowa State University, are displaying their work through Oct. 5.
In “Interstices,” May displays encaustic paintings, an ancient art form involving pigment, wax, and heat. Her eye-catching grouping of 5- to 7-foot sculptures titled “Communion Circle: 1-10” meets viewers at the exhibit’s entrance.
The exhibit — free and open to the public — is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call Ext. 1652.
A silent auction of works by Monta May, on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery, will be open through Oct. 5, the duration of the exhibition.
Three of her works, “Red Bowl Ritual,” a canteen gourd; “Bee Garden,” and “From the Beginning,” encaustics on wood, are being auctioned. All proceeds from the auction of these works, as well as 5 percent of the sale price of May’s other exhibited works, will support arts education and programming at Saint Mary’s through the Friends of the School of the Arts.
From Father Michael Kirwen, director of the Maryknoll Institute for African Studies in Nairobi, Kenya:
Fall semester courses being offered at the Nairobi Campus are:M
Monday — African Culture: An Overview by Professor M. GetuiAll lecturers are MIASMU veterans having taught in the institute for over five years. There are a total of 22 students registered and 35 course registrations.
Tuesday — Spirituality, Personhood and Psychotherapy in an African Context by Professor E. Gichinga
Wednesday — African Christian Theology by Professor D. Waruta
Wednesday — Sociology of Development/Underdevelopment and African Religion by Prof. P. Achola
Thursday — African Religion: Major Beliefs, Practices and Contemporary Forms by Dr. M. Katola, Senior lecturer
The 2007-08 academic year began on Friday, Aug. 31, with an orientation program. The students were introduced to the unique educational method of MIASMU which is grounded field research, and to a professional-style method of doing field research. Classes started the first week of September.
Dr. Joe Tadie of the Department of Philosophy addressed the U.S. Central Regional Council of L’Arche at their General Assembly on Sept. 7, 2007. Dr. Tadie was asked to address the General Assembly both because of his participation in an international seminar on anthropology with Jean Vanier (the founder of the communities of L’Arche) that took place in Toronto from June 23-30, 2007 and because he is a contributor to Jean Vanier’s dossier for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tadie was a long-term assistant at L’Arche from 1991 to 1992 and regularly teaches Vanier’s texts in his courses here at Saint Mary’s.
The sixth annual Studio Ramble, which includes artists in the Red Wing, Minn., and western Wisconsin regions, will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. This self-guided tour is a premier showcase of diverse talent by established professionals and emerging artists, offering a diverse selection of artistic styles and disciplines that will appeal to the broadest possible audience.
People have the opportunity to experience up close an extensive variety of media; pottery, painting, print making, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, computer imaging and musical instruments.
There will be eleven Studio Ramble sites and 27 artists participating in this year’s event in the Red Wing area. The free Studio Ramble booklet provides detailed information about each artist and their location. The Studio Ramble fall art tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the individual artists, locations, a detailed map, or things to do while in the area visit www.studioramble.com.