Thursday, September 20, 2007

SMU receives $2 million gift for speaker series, scholarships

An anonymous donor has given $2 million to Saint Mary’s. The largest gift ever received by its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs will fund a major new Twin Cities speaker series and endowed scholarships for adult, non-traditional students.

The annual speaker series — featuring renowned guest speakers — will help raise visibility for the entire university in the Twin Cities, a most important market for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Saint Mary’s will sponsor the event with its Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, whose student and community programs emphasize the importance of ethical principles, morals, spirituality, and free enterprise. The event’s keynote speaker will present an award to an outstanding leader for his or her contributions to global ethical initiatives.

Brother Chancellor Louis DeThomasis expressed his “immense gratitude” to the anonymous donor, noting that this gift will allow us to bring a top-flight event to the Twin Cities that will spotlight the national need for ethical leadership. “We’re excited that the gift also will help the university in its mission to make life-changing education accessible and affordable,” he said.

Family Weekend Sept. 28-30 features many events

Family Weekend Sept. 28-30 will feature the Fall Frolic, the Red & White baseball/softball games, music and theatre events, inflatable games, volleyball and soccer games, a performance by the “Oldie Moldie All-Stars,” and a full schedule of many other family activities.

The 20th annual Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, near the Toner Student Center. Registration will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Toner Student Center. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt. Participants will enjoy a scenic run through Saint Mary’s bluffs and can pre-register by calling Ext. 1581.

For more information or a schedule of family weekend events, go to

Theatre, music events highlight Family Weekend Sept. 28-30

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.

• The weather is cooling off but the jazz is heating up at Saint Mary’s. Two student groups led by Dr. John Paulson will kick off the year with a concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Figliulo Recital Hall. Tickets are $6, $4 for students and seniors. The 18-piece Jazz Ensemble and six-piece Jazz Combo I will perform from 6 to 7 p.m., and two Jazz Workshop Combos, directed by Dr. Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven, will play for a reception following the concert in the Toner Student Center Lounge.

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 SMU Concert Band and SMU choirs will perform 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Page Theatre. Tickets are $6, $4 for students and seniors. The Concert Band — under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven — is a 77-member ensemble made up of SMU students and community musicians. The band performs a wide variety of traditional and modern wind band literature. Saturday’s concert will include the “National Anthem,” arranged by Bowles; Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite”; Eric Whitacre’s “October”; and Hardiman’s “Lord of the Dance,” arranged by Saucedo. The “English Folk Song Suite” contains three movements, the march, “Seventeen Come Sunday”; the intermezzo, “My Bonnie Boy”; and the march, “Folk Songs from Somerset.”

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.

• The SMU Department of Theatre Arts will stage “Art” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; Saturday, Sept. 29; and Monday, Oct. 1; as well as 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Written by Yasmina Reza, and directed by Dr. Stephen Bouler, “Art,” is a humorous and honest examination of modern friendship. The audience should be advised that “Art” contains strong language.

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.

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 Ext. 1715 during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or order online at

TheatreworksUSA to perform ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Oct. 5 at SMU

The Page Series will stage the familiar classic “Charlotte’s Web.”

The Page Series will stage the familiar children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web,” on Friday, Oct. 5. “Charlotte’s Web” — which weaves the timeless story of a friendship between a pig and a spider — will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Page Theatre.

Based on E.B. White’s classic book, the story explores a relationship between a pig, Wilbur, and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Charlotte comes up with a brilliant plan to keep Wilbur from becoming someone’s dinner. She spins the words “Some Pig” in her web, which immediately grabs the attention of Wilbur’s owner, Farmer Zuckerman. Wilbur is then regarded as a prize pig, and is ensured a home on the farm forever. The story features numerous animals, and explores the true meaning of selfless friendship.

Since 1961, TheatreworksUSA — America’s largest not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences — has entertained more than 78 million people in 49 states and Canada.

Tickets are $6, and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, during regular office hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

SMU honors alumni, student athletes at ‘M’ Club weekend

The Saint Mary’s University Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Alumni Office, inducted four members into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame during Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15.

Amanda Weinmann and Joey Manley received the Outstanding Female and Male Scholar Athlete Awards during ‘M’ Club Weekend.

Amanda Weinmann and Nick Winecke were named Outstanding Female and Male Athletes.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2007 was 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).

SMU’s 2006-07 award-winners, as well as last year’s Outstanding Male and Female Athletes, and Outstanding Scholar Athletes were also honored. Amanda Weinmann was named Outstanding Female Athlete and Outstanding Scholar Athlete. Nick Winecke was named Outstanding Male Athlete, and Joey Manley received the Male Scholar Athlete Award.

Saint Teresa Institute to co-sponsor Walk for Thought

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.

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

“While our goal is to continue raising awareness, this year’s walk is of acute importance as one of our 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.”

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

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, “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.

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. Many secret recipes will be revealed.

Come and enjoy music by our own talented musicians, including Eric Heukeshoven, Dr. John Paulson and Chris Kendall, and peruse items in a silent auction. We’re hoping the time and talents of our SMU community will fill our display tables.

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 and much more! If you would like to donate an auction item, please contact Deb Nahrgang at Ext. 6966 or Nikki Richmond at Ext. 1634.

This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our community.

Newspaper thanks to SMU flood cleanup volunteers

This photo shows most of the city of Rushford underwater, following the Aug. 19 flood.

The home with the green shutters is one of the Rushford homes SMU student volunteers assisted in helping during the Sept. 8-9 volunteer weekend.

The following letter was written by Paul Morrow, a Southern Baptist disaster relief worker from Garland, Texas, and was published in the Winona Daily News:

Get-it-done attitude here is inspiring

“I would like to express to the fine young men and women of Saint Mary’s University, who worked on a flood recovery team with me in Rushford on Sunday, Sept. 9, just how proud I am to have worked with you.

“You have encouraged me with your ‘get-it- done’ attitude and with the compassion you showed to the family we were helping. We were faced with an unbelievably difficult and unsavory task to remove mud and sodden items from the flooded homes. Together we were able to accomplish in a day what would have taken the homeowner a week or more to do alone. You are an inspiration of hope as you become leaders in your generation.

“May God bless you for what you did for me.

“May God bless you for what you did for Steve and his family.

“May God bless you for what you did to show the love of Christ to a hurting community. I love you all.”

More cleanup opportunities

Though it’s been a month 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.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or A form has been created at 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.

First Let’s Do Lunch to feature tailgate theme

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 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 in the front lobby of the ice arena and will feature a tailgate theme.

De La Salle High School recognizes SMU for donation

Dr. Kenneth F. Tedesco, president of De La Salle High School in New Orleans acknowledged Saint Mary’s University as a member of its Signum Fidei Club for generosity to its education mission. SMU fundraisers throughout the 2006-07 school year raised money for the hurricane-damaged high school.

SMU community members share flood stories

This is the second in 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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Ray Pampuch and his family say their trailer, under 8 feet of water, was a total loss. His trailer, pictured in this photo, is near the center, with a shed attached.

Ray Pampuch
Assistant Director
Campus Safety

Ray Pampuch stood outside in the pouring rain on the early morning hours of Aug. 19. He directed traffic on campus, alerting flood victims where to park, and how to get to the Red Cross emergency shelter inside the SMU fieldhouse.

But his mind was frequently elsewhere — worrying about his daughter, who was visiting friends in Stockton, and his wife, who was at home in Rushford — and news was quickly spreading that both towns were in trouble.

Pampuch knew the weather was bad as he drove in to work the evening security shift at SMU. “It was raining so hard, I could hardly see,” he said. “In the low areas, water was splashing over my hood.”

He debated whether to even come into work, but knew that finding an overnight replacement is sometimes difficult.

By 12:30 a.m., he was alerted to open the RAC. When he asked why, he was told that Stockton and Minnesota City were flooding, and people were being evacuated to the SMU shelter. “I was thinking of my daughter,” he said. “But then my wife called me and said there was quite a bit of water standing in the trailer court (in Rushford.) I told her what was happening in Winona and told her that if it got any worse, she should tip our canoe over and get out with the animals. She thought I was kidding.”

Throughout the evening, Pampuch searched inside the RAC for his daughter, April, who is 18. She arrived around 4 a.m., but Pampuch had no idea what happened to his wife, Linda.

Tired from a long night, he tried to drive back to Rushford Sunday morning, but he wasn’t allowed into town. He located his wife at her mother’s house. Linda had walked out in the middle of the night, in waist-deep water, with their dog; two cats had to be left behind.

Pampuch doesn’t have photos of his home, but they’re easily available on the Internet, where many photos of a flood-ravaged Rushford have been posted. In one photo of mobile homes, with only the very top of their roofs sticking out above water, Pampuch points out his home in the middle. They estimate water reached 8 feet in the trailer court.

Remarkably, one of their cats was found alive; another remains missing. Pampuch agrees that it is a miracle that no one in Rushford died in the flood. One of his neighbors was trapped in his trailer, but rescuers used Pampuch’s canoe to get him out. A neighborhood dog floated to safety on a mattress.

Pampuch is thankful his family, also including 14-year-old son, Taylor, are safe. And he is grateful to the many SMU community members who have helped flood victims, especially those in Rushford.

The Pampuch family is still living at the Alverna Center, but hopes to purchase a home in Peterson soon, so that Taylor can graduate with his classmates.

Ray and Linda were married this past summer. Ray jokes about their vows of “for richer, for poorer.” The family had insurance, but will never be able to replace all of their belongings. The trailer court, flooded with water, sewage and contaminated liquids, was considered a total loss.

The family left with very little, but did manage to pull some precious and sentimental jewelry from the muck. Ray washed off a watch he had purchased for his wife. It’s still ticking.

Furniture, rare books, a Harley motorcycle, Linda’s car, televisions ... “You name it, we lost it,” he said. “You think of things. Some of it you can’t replace. It just went so fast.”

SMU junior receives Young Woman Award

Each year the Women in Business Committee recognizes Winona-area outstanding women in the areas of business, land and home, education and government, as well as an outstanding young woman.

Angela Buck, a junior at SMU, was named this year’s Outstanding Young Woman. This award is presented to a young woman who has demonstrated leadership qualities in community involvement, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, etc.; or who gives freely of her time and talent to make a difference in the Winona area.

Buck was nominated for her work with the Student Service Office, for her academic excellence, and for her many campus involvements, including Random Acts of Kindness, directing religion classes for middle school students, helping with the Taylor Richmond Benefit, and many leadership positions.

Buck will be honored, and Ann Merchlewitz, vice president and general counsel, will give the keynote presentation at the award luncheon, to be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Visions Event Center. Tickets can be purchased until Oct. 5 at Image Copy Print, Pendleton’s, Merchants Bank downtown, and Winona National Bank.

Center for Innovation Support Services established

The chancellor has established a Center for Innovation Support Services at Saint Mary’s. The Center will help to build support for innovation by functioning as an incubator for new projects and by providing professional consultation services relating to finance, budgeting, grants, marketing, and promotion to individuals with innovative proposals.

The Center is directed by David Ansell, who will focus on the areas of finance and budgeting. Other Center professionals include Diana Miller (grants), and Clay Tenquist (marketing and promotion). Center staff welcome ideas from colleagues in all areas of the university and will provide services at the time of initial development, as well as at the time of implementation. The Center is located on the Winona campus in Heffron Hall, Room 142; the telephone extension is Ext. 1417.

Lukic to speak on ‘Maxima’ and Gravitation Sept. 28

In an upcoming presentation, Dr. Milan Lukic of the Mathematics Department will demonstrate several features of “Maxima” while solving an interesting question about gravitation. The talk is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Room 301 Hoffman Hall. Bring a lunch; beverages will be provided.

“Maxima” is a computer algebra system (CAS) that is a powerful tool for solving mathematical problems. Similar to other commercial CAS systems like “Mathematica,” “Maple,” and “Derive,” “Maxima” can help solve problems analytically, numerically, or graphically. “Maxima” is a descendant of the very first CAS, “Macsyma,” which was developed at MIT in the late ’60s to early ’70s. Unlike its costly commercial counterparts, “Maxima” is available as a free download from the Internet.

Biology seminar to address decline of quail

The next biology seminar is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Room 112 Hoffman Hall. The speaker is SMU biology alumnus Sam Pociask, who will speak on “Landscape Features Influencing the Decline of Bobwhite Quail in Iowa.” Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

SMU gallery features diverse art through Oct. 5

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 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.

The exhibit — free and open to the public — is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call Ext. 1652.

Silent art auction to benefit Friends of the School of the Arts

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.

Cardinal Days events continue this week

More than 30 students are registered for Jell-O wrestling this Friday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. in the plaza.

This event is part of Cardinal Days events that have been taking place all week. Some activities that have already taken place are root beer pong, pictures with Big Red and a comedian.

There also is an opportunity for students to go to the Twins vs. White Sox game Saturday.

SAC, Outdoor Leadership Office organize hike

The Student Activities Committee and the Office of Outdoor Leadership invite students to go on a hike at the Great River Bluffs State Park on Sunday, Sept. 23. Students who are interested, can sign up on the door of office 8D in the basement of the Toner Student Center (behind the gameroom window). Participants should meet at the info desk at 3:15 p.m., and the trip will take about three hours. Transportation will be provided along with dinner after the hike.

Upcoming events for internships, study abroad

An Internships 101 workshop will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 134.

The study abroad deadline for the Montpellier, France, spring program is Oct. 1.

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking workshop is Tuesday

A workshop, “Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking” will be offered 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Room 317, Saint Mary's Hall. An introduction to basic strategies of managing the anxiety of public speaking will be provided, as well as a guide to campus resources to practice and reinforce confidence in one’s ability to effectively speak in public.

Ann Gibson, Ed.D., director of Counseling Services, will conduct the workshop. For more information, contact her at Ext. 1773.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend the workshop to students in their classes.

Paying Attention to ADD presentation is Sept. 27

Dr. Gary Johnson

A presentation for faculty, students and staff, Paying Attention to ADD in College, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Salvi Lecture Hall. The presenter, Gary Johnson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and director of Loring Family’s C.A.L.M (Center for Attention, Learning and Memory) Clinic in Minneapolis.

Dr. Johnson specializes in the evaluation and treatment for adults and children with attention/learning disorders. He has completed close to 3,000 evaluations on clients with these disorders and is a frequent and popular trainer of other professionals.

Dr. Johnson’s presentation will include suggestions for classroom management and study skills for college students. His presentations are popular with students as well as faculty and staff. Please encourage anyone who might benefit from this presentation to come.

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of Disabilities Services and the Office of Counseling Services of Saint Mary’s University and Winona State University. For more information, contact Karen Hemker, coordinator of Disability Services (Ext. 1465 or or Ann Gibson, director of Counseling Services (Ext. 1773 or

Volunteer Opportunity for Earth Plaster Day on Sept. 30

Come learn about sustainable and green living, peace and justice, and the Catholic Worker Movement as you apply earth plaster to a straw bale home in Lake City. A group will leave the Toner Student Center at 10 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. RSVP by Sept. 27 to Holly Richard, Ext. 6651 or

Robertson featured in design magazine

Brother Roderick Robertson, art and design, was featured in the September/October issue of the design magazine, “Layers.”

His digital collage, “Winona Health Time Line Mural,” was featured in the issue. The collage was created using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Swing Inc. performances

Swing Inc., which includes Eric Heukeshoven of the SMU Music Department, will perform 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Waterfront Restaurant in La Crosse.

John Paulson jazz events

The John Paulson Trio performs 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester, Minn. The Paulson Price Quintet performs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

Employee changes announced

Employee changes since the start of the ’07-’08 academic year include:

•Kim Rodr, Aug. 31, Admission
•Julie Smith, Aug. 28, Performance Center
•Jeremy Wells, Aug. 24, Development and Alumni Relations
•Charlene Roemhildt, Sept. 16, Twin Cities campus Marketing & Communication Office
•Karen Gulliver, Sept. 5, Twin Cities campus program director

•Brook Sockwell, Sept. 10, Twin Cities campus graphic designer
•Holly Taylor, Sept. 5, assistant to director of administration
•Brigitte Mussack, Sept. 4, Twin Cities writing center consultant
•Tyler Pongratz, Aug. 27, M.Ed. technology development specialist.

Reception for international students planned for Sept. 26

A welcome reception for SMU's international students will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the President’s Room. Food, fun and cultural diversity will all be provided!

Jeans for a Cause today

The first Friday Jeans for a Cause in September raised $250 for SMU flood victims. Today’s another chance for you to get a sticker and donate more money to a good cause.

Biology alumni contribute to publications, presentations

Several alumni in biology or environmental biology have contributed as co-authors to publications or presentations at national meetings including:

Sam Pociask ’01, Hannah Warthesen ’01, and Nick Prouxl ’95: “Noteworthy collection (Minnesota): Pistia stratiodes” in the Michigan Botanist 45:210-213 (2006)

Joe Cochran ’01: “Life history note. Bufo americanus. Predation” in Herpetological Review 38:178 (2007)

Mark Zoller ’04: “’Willow cats for sale? Madtoms (genus Noturus) as bait in the Upper Mississippi River Valley” at the 87th Annual Meeting, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, St. Louis, Missouri (2007)

Devin Bloom ’04: “Alternative reproductive behaviors in lampreys and their significance” at the 137th Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, San Francisco, California (Poster presentation) (2007).

Sympathy to McDonald family

Jack McDonald, father-in-law of Vicki McDonald (Study Abroad, Career Services & Internships and Assessments) died Thursday, Sept. 13, at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

The Saint Mary’s University community extends its sympathy to the McDonald family.