Thursday, October 4, 2007

Trustees approve Saint Mary’s track and field/soccer complex

A plan to build an outdoor track and field/soccer complex was approved Friday, Sept. 29, by the Saint Mary’s University Board of Trustees.

The athletic facility will be built at the Winona campus, located near the front entrance along Hwy. 14 and Gilmore Valley Road. Construction will begin in summer 2008. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost $2.5 million. A second phase will add permanent viewing stands, concession area, press box and lights.
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An on-campus track/soccer complex has been under consideration for several years, according to Chris Kendall, vice president for student development. He said Saint Mary’s is “confident the addition of an attractive, well-constructed facility will greatly benefit the university in a number of key areas, including visibility and marketing, enrollment, athletics and campus atmosphere. And,” Kendall noted, “SMU is one of the few MIAC schools without an outdoor track. This will significantly sharpen our competitive edge and help with the recruitment of student-athletes.”

A competition soccer pitch will be built in the center of the track, “making the complex the new home to Cardinal soccer and a training facility for cross country and other athletic programs,” according to Nikki Fennern, athletic director. “It will be a direct asset to six of our teams, as well as to other athletes, intramurals, recreational users and summer camp participants,” Fennern said.

A year ago, the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees decided not to reinstate football as a varsity sport. Instead, the board directed the university to provide better support for existing athletic programs. A recent peer review of SMU athletics noted that an outdoor track/soccer complex would serve as a major step toward achieving that goal.

This past summer, Saint Mary’s completed the first phase of building new baseball and fastpitch softball fields. Future plans will address needs for athletic training facilities, locker rooms, and tennis courts.

TheatreworksUSA to bring favorite children’s story to life Oct. 19













The Saint Mary’s Page Series and TheatreworksUSA will stage the comical children’s story, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” on Friday, Oct. 19. The hilarious musical will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Page Theatre.
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This timeless story begins with Alexander waking up with gum in his hair, and then he trips on a skateboard, and then he accidentally drops his sweater in the sink – and all this before breakfast! Alexander’s day continues to go downhill as he gets smushed in the car on the way to school, his teacher dislikes his drawing of an invisible castle, and Paul doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. There’s no dessert for lunch, there’s lima beans for dinner, and there’s kissing on TV.

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 www.pagetheatre.org.

Make it dinner and a show

Pre-show dinners to Page Theatre presentations are provided by Chartwells Catering. Dinner will be served in the Toner Student Center. Adult dinners cost $20 and include chicken, beef, and vegetarian options, along with beverages and dessert. Bottles of wine may be purchased for an extra fee. Children’s dinners cost $12 and include mac-n-cheese or chicken fingers with sides, beverages, and dessert. Orders will be accepted up to three days prior to the event; order online or by phone.

SMU exhibit examines cultural, social forces through paintings, audio

"Samiha" - encaustic painting by Michal Sagar












"Hinda" - encaustic painting by Michal Sagar




Minneapolis artists Michal Sagar and Francisca de Beurges Rosenthal will present a thought-provoking and inspiring exhibit titled, “Branches: A Contemporary Convivencia” from Oct. 14 through Nov. 10 at Saint Mary’s University.

The show, which includes encaustic on wood by Sagar and an audio installation by de Beurges Rosenthal, explores a poetic interplay of social and cultural forces between Jews, Muslims and Christians. Specifically, the two focus on where human tensions interact with the natural world, leaving their imprint on each other.
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Sagar has created portraits of Jews, Muslims and Christians — from their home countries and from the U.S. — to understand what separates us and what binds us together. Their memorable faces are captured in encaustic paintings on wooden panels. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax with colored pigments.

De Beurges Rosenthal interviewed some of the people depicted in Sagar’s beautiful, yet haunting, pieces. An audio installation from these interviews accompanies the paintings. One of de Beurges Rosenthal’s earlier sculpture and voice pieces, “Sh’ma” was first seen at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in 1996. This installation depicted the issues of the Holocaust and the silence produced by trauma. In her ongoing work, de Beurges Rosenthal gives voices to those often encouraged to keep silent.

“Branches” will be on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

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

SMU hosts acrobatic dance with 'MOMIX Remix' Oct. 10

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Page Series will host the unpredictable acrobatic dance program “MOMIX Remix” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The Saint Mary’s Page Series will host the unpredictable acrobatic dance program “MOMIX Remix” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

“MOMIX” is celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body.
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“MOMIX Remix” is compiled of jaw-dropping routines from the company’s most famous works in the past 25 years. Moses Pendleton, the group’s choreographer and director, will showcase a dance experience like no other at Page Theatre.

Pendleton’s dancers may transform into sidewinders and gila monsters, float weightlessly through extraterrestrial terrains, strap into snow skis, or fly through the air like baseballs.

Tickets are $22, $16 for seniors, $14 for students 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 www.pagetheatre.org.

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

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








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

Tickets for the performance are sold out.

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.
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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 students, as well as Chris Kendall, and peruse items in a silent auction.

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 Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or Nikki Richmond at Ext. 1634.

Babysitting services will be provided. For tickets, go to the Student Services window or contact LaPlant.

SMU, WSU to host Misato celebration, events

Winona will welcome a delegation from Misato (Winona’s sister city in Japan) in October.

A “Culture Fest” will follow from 2 to 4:15 p.m. at the Toner Student Center. All events are free and open to the public. The Culture Fest will include booth displays and demonstrations, followed by spectacular entertainment by the Japanese Dancers and Taiko Drummers. Exhibits run 2 to 3 p.m., and performances are scheduled from 3 to 4:15 p.m.
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A banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Hiawatha Room, located on SMU’s Saint Teresa campus. Admission is $18 per person, and tickets are available at City Hall, 457-8234. The event features the Gate City Jazz Band from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as the International Dancers of Winona and Native American hoop dancer Jackie Bird.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Culture Fest continues at WSU’s Kryzsko Commons Baldwin Lounge. Exhibits run 1 to 2 p.m., with performances from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

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

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

The 11th annual hair-raising fundraiser for the SMU Cardinal fastpitch softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26, 27 and 31 in the SMU bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the SMU baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.
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Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs surrounding the SMU campus for approximately 20 minutes.

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

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

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

SMU hosts High School Challenge competitions

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota High School Challenge returns for another season of fun competition at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the World Room. The 2007-08 season marks the 37th year of the longest running, locally produced television program showcasing Eastern Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and Northeast Iowa high school students in an educational forum.

High School Challenge is a contest in which high schools compete to correctly answer questions dealing with high school subjects, general information and current events. Thirty-two teams compete in winner and consolation bracket tournaments.
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High school students receive scholarships to Saint Mary’s for participating in High School Challenge. Schools that win their first game receive $2,000 scholarships to SMU. Schools that lose their first game receive $1,000 scholarships to SMU. Each scholarship is renewable for three consecutive years if requirements are met.

The following schools will compete in Round 1A Oct. 13: Blair-Taylor High School, Onalaska High School, La Crosse Central High School, North Crawford High School, Osseo Fairchild High School and Eau Claire North High School.

The following schools will partake in Round 1B Oct. 13: Bangor High School, Black River Falls High School, De Soto High School, Decorah High School, La Crescent High School, La Crosse Logan High School, Lewiston-Altura High School, Alma Center Lincoln High School, Seneca High School, West Salem High School and Winona Senior High School.

The following schools will participate in Round 1C Nov. 3: La Crosse Aquinas High School, Cotter High School, Caledonia High School, Holmen High School, Sparta High School, Melrose-Mindoro High School, Riceville Community High School, Eau Claire Region High School, Hope Lutheran High School, Eau Claire Memorial High School, Weston High School and Viroqua High School.

Teams that win their afternoon game will return Dec. 1 for the Consolation Championship games. Teams that win their morning and afternoon games will return in February for the Super Challenge Championships. The Consolation Championship and the Super Challenge Championships are taped at SMU and are televised on Fox 25 La Crosse and Fox 48 Eau Claire, beginning in March.

For more information contact Nicole Witt Gerdes, High School Challenge coordinator, at Ext. 1761 or ngerdes@smumn.edu.

Faculty recital planned for Sunday

A faculty recital — presented by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Eric Heukeshoven, Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Ned Kirk and Dr. John Paulson — will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Figliulo Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will feature work ranging from classical to jazz.

Cochran to present seminar on lampreys

Dr. Phil Cochran, SMU Biology Department, will speak at the Thursday, Oct. 11, biology seminar on “A Comparison of Native and Exotic Hosts for the Silver Lamprey.” The seminar will be at 4 p.m. in Room 112 Hoffman Hall. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

Clothesline project on display in Toner

The Clothesline Project will be on display on the main floor of the Toner Center from Oct. 8-11. The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. In the display, a clothesline is hung with shirts, each one decorated to represent a particular woman’s experience.
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The purpose of the project is to:

1. Bear witness to the survivors as well as the victims of violence against women;

2. To help with the healing process for the loved ones of victims of valence;

3. To educate, document, and raise society’s awareness of violence against women.

For more information about the Clothesline Project, go to www.mcbw.org/clothesline.htm.

The SMU display is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center of Winona and SMU Women’s Programming Office.

Depression Screening Day is Oct. 11

SMU Counseling Services will participate in National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 11. Screenings will be offered from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. in the Wellness Center in the lower level of the Toner Center.

One out of four young adults are likely to experience a depressive episode by age 24, according to information provided by the Health Minds Project of the American Psychological Association.
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Major depression is a serious common medical condition that involves the mind and body. Many people don’t realize that there are emotional and physical symptoms of depression. Depression significantly affects a person’s appetite, sleep, energy, thinking, self-esteem and physical well-being. The symptoms are persistent and not the same as a temporary blue mood or normal emotional experiences such as sadness or grief. Depression can have severe consequences in terms of suffering and disability.

For more information about depression and other college mental health issues, go to www.healthyminds.orgcollegementalhealth.cfm

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 www.braininjurymn.org.

SMU students to perform, study in London first semester

Saint Mary’s theatre majors will stage “The Shadow Box,” an emotional — and sometimes amusing — reflection about life and death Oct. 17-20 at London’s New Wimbledon Studio.

Qualified theatre majors at Saint Mary’s are studying theatre in London, England, this semester through the Stefanni√© Val√©ncia Kierlin Theatre in London Program. Under the guidance of Saint Mary’s faculty, the program will include a variety of classes in theatre, as well as courses focusing on broader enrichment. Students will also have the unique opportunity to attend numerous performances at London’s West End, Off-West End, and Fringe theatres.
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“The Shadow Box,” written by Michael Cristofer, dramatizes the final days of three terminal cancer patients who dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds. The 1977 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play explores their anxieties, as well as their acceptance of the finality of their condition, the inevitable and imminent end of their lives. Family and close friends who visit these patients add some heartrending — as well as humorous — situations.

Participating are: director, Dr. Gary Diomandes; assistant director, Sarah St. Laurent; stage manager, Erica Prond; and lighting designer, Roger Frith. Performers include: Alex Gorgone (Joe), Rachel Crawford-Miller (Maggie), Michael Fye (Steve), Mark Skrade (Brian), JM Montecalvo (Mark), Alyssa Schlageter (Beverly), Martha Walters (Felicity), Whitney Rappana (Agnes), and Diana Connolly (Interviewer).

More volunteer opportunities

SMU Volunteer Services is planning cleanup efforts for flood victims from 1 to 4 p.m. today (Friday) and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Additionally, students have two opportunities for volunteer work over October break.

If you would like to help with flood relief, you can participate as little as one day or as many as all four. The cost is $25 for all of your meals.

For more information, contact Maria Borgerson or Molly Jewison.

A volunteer group will travel to the San Miguel Middle School in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 12, through Tuesday, Oct. 16. A cost of $70 includes a place to stay, travel and all of your meals.

Contact Mandy Haus for more information or sign up for either of these trips in the basement of the Toner Student Center, Room 8B.

SMU community members share flood stories

This is the third 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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This photo was taken from aboard a rescue boat and shows the Mertes home, truck and RV underwater.







Pat and Jerry Mertes lost their Minnesota City home in the August flood. This photo shows a portion of their basement.





The Mertes home was lifted from its foundation by floodwaters.







Pat and Jerry Mertes
Recently retired
Central Services and Maintenance

Since the August flood, Pat and Jerry Mertes have had a quick answer whenever someone asks them what they need.

“A new house,” the two say with a smile, and without hesitation.
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Though the couple lost their Minnesota City home of more than 43 years and most of their belongings, they haven’t lost their sense of humor.

But it isn’t exactly the retirement the couple envisioned. (Pat worked in Central Services, Jerry in maintenance.) For starters, the RV in which they had planned to take many trips to Arizona and Oregon was destroyed.

Now facing daunting costs of having to completely rebuild, the two say they may never be able to purchase another RV. The couple had no flood insurance, and FEMA money allotted to them doesn’t begin to cover their future costs.

“A house is more important,” Jerry says. But the two, glancing at each other out of the corner of their eyes, don’t completely discount the idea that maybe an RV could be their new home. Some days, this idea seems better than others.

The Merteses were offered a FEMA trailer, but Jerry said they declined. So many others, they say, are much worse off than they are. The couple is grateful to have family to live with, that they don’t have small children, and that no one was killed in their neighborhood.

The two also consider themselves fortunate that they were not home, but were on vacation Aug. 18-19. They learned of the flooding when friends of theirs from St. Cloud called them after seeing the hotel near Pat and Jerry’s home being evacuated on TV.

“The kids didn’t want to tell us unless it was bad,” Pat said. “But they couldn’t get to the house; it was still under water, and they couldn’t get near it.”

The Merteses later discovered their grandchildren had just come by their home to borrow a dehumidifier shortly before the water level got dangerous. More, they say, to be grateful for.

The flood brought in about 4 1/2 to 5 feet of water outside their home, and about a foot of mud and water on the first floor. It was enough to lift the house off of its foundation and cave in a basement wall.

A neighbor of theirs lost his leg after escaping from a broken window. The deep cut, compounded by the contaminated water and a long rescue period, forced doctors to amputate. The Merteses say neighbors could hear him beg for help but couldn’t get down from their roofs to help him.

“I’m afraid of heights, so I wouldn’t have gotten up on the roof,” Pat said, adding that if they’d have been home, she knows Jerry would have heard their neighbor and, unquestioningly, he’d have tried to help, putting his life in danger; Pat shakes her head at the terrifying thoughts of “what might have been.”

By the time Pat and Jerry rushed home, their children and their friends had already emptied the main floor, salvaging very little, mostly clothes that were hanging high enough in the closet or knicknacks high enough on the walls.

Along with the RV, Jerry’s 4-by-4 Chevy truck — his “baby” — was destroyed, as well.

What is left of their lives now fits into a portion of their daughter’s garage. Jerry has carefully combed through the home, pulling out new lighting fixtures and salvaging new door handles. The couple had just remodeled several rooms in their home and had hoped to finish the project this winter.

When Pat and Jerry begin listing what was destroyed, the list grows with every second: most of Pat’s scrapbooks, including many years of treasured pictures; Pat’s craft materials; Jerry’s woodworking tools; many totes filled with Christmas decorations — so many things the couple had hoped to enjoy in their retirement.

The ironic thing, Pat and Jerry said laughing, is they had just talked about how they should downsize. “We downsized a lot faster than we thought,” Pat said, “All in a couple of hours,” Jerry added.

The two are living in Trempealeau with their daughter and son-in-law (and a menagerie of pets). Jerry said he had once teased them about building such a big house. Now, he says with a chuckle, he’s pretty glad they have the extra room.

The two expect their home to be torn down in a week or two and nod slightly as they admit it will be sad to see it go. Four homes in their immediate area are being torn down. The Merteses hope to rebuild in the same area, only 4 feet higher, but they are waiting to hear about possible state aid.

“There’s anger,” Jerry said, “People don’t think they got enough and that the government is not working fast enough.” Many families in their neighborhood, they say, had planned to move, but are now returning to the area because, as Pat says, “It’s home.”

“Life goes on,” Pat said. “There’s got to be light at the end of the tunnel.”

Jerry added, “It can’t get any worse.”

Next Let’s Do Lunch has Halloween theme

This next Let’s Do Lunch, hosted by Student Services, is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 31. Proceeds will go to faculty and staff who have lost their homes or had significant flood damage.

SMU student’s art displayed in Smithsonian, Kennedy Center

SMU senior Holly Schuh’s artwork is on display in Washington, D.C.“Two Voices” is on display the Kennedy Center Hall of States through October.







“Pause,” is on display at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center through Dec. 31









Holly Schuh, a Saint Mary’s senior from Altura, Minn., received the Award of Excellence and $2,000 for her artwork, currently on display at the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center.

The 2007 juried exhibition “Driven” highlights the work of 15 emerging, young visual artists with disabilities. The exhibition, sponsored by VSA arts and Volkswagen of America, Inc., is on display at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, through Dec. 31. The work of 15 “Driven” awardees is also on display at the Kennedy Center Hall of States through October in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The 15 finalists displaying work were chosen from 204 applicants, ranging in age from 16 to 25, from throughout the United States.
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This year’s assignment challenged artists to illustrate the motivational force behind their personal vision … what moves them to create art.

Schuh aims to portray the emotions of human struggles through the representation of the human figure. Inspired by a mission trip to India and an intense awareness of humanitarian issues, Schuh links art, humanity and human figures in works that emote without words. Schuh want her figures to “cause discussion about struggles and the changes that are needed in the character of humanity’s actions.”

Schuh said she changed as an artist after she began exhibiting symptoms of hereditary neuropathy with pressure-point palsies, a rare, slowly progressive hereditary neuromuscular disorder that makes an individual very susceptible to nerve injury from pressure, stretch or repetitive use.

“I am determined to see my hands create and to see my disease as a positive inheritance,” she said. “I want my abstract figures to cause discussion about struggles and the changes that are needed in the character of humanity’s actions.”

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.

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

First Friday features last-chance at art auction

This month’s First Friday is today in Room B (next to the Information Desk). Stop by for a continental breakfast and take this opportunity visit by the art gallery for the last day of the art exhibits, Images of Nature by Carol Faber and Interstices by Monta May. Today also marks the last day of the silent auction for several of the art pieces. Proceeds from this auction will benefit the
Friends of the School of the Arts.

A few unmatted/unframed photography prints by May will be added to the silent auction.

An update from Nairobi

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

“One of the special elements of MIASMU educational method is Pastoral Reflection (PTR) sessions (two per semester) that are organized and run by the students and field assistants. In these sessions, through skits and discussions, each class share with the whole student body what they have learned in the classroom and gathered in field research regarding the material of their particular course.
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“For example, on Sept. 28, the class Sociology of Development/Underdevelopment in African Religion presented a skit which emphasized that traditional African ideas of development, which are people centered, should be part and parcel of any social or economic development projects.

“The skit by the class on Spirituality, Personhood and Psychotherapy in an African context brought to the fore the dilemma facing many Africans, when psychologically or emotionally unwell, whether to rely on Western therapeutic practices or traditional practices. In the end the skit underscored the need to integrate Western therapeutic practices with African practices in order to be more relevant and effective.

“Last but not least, the class on African Christian Theology gave a hilarious yet informative skit that depicted how many Africans consider traditional African oaths such as swearing with skins and animal parts, as more serious than oathing on the bible or Quran. In the case of the former the repercussions are instant and severe if violated.

“Afterwards the students broke into groups where enriching discussions on the issues raised in the skits were further debated over sodas and cookies.”

Tristano gives presentation on Lasallian assessment

Richard Tristano, department of History, delivered a presentation titled, “Lasallian Assessment: In the Footsteps of the Founder or a Badly Put Question?” at the 16th annual Lasallian Convocation at Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y. Tristano is an alumnus of Manhattan College, class of ’73.

Crozier to speak at Marine Art Museum Oct. 9

Dr. Bill Crozier is the next featured speaker in the Adult Program Series, to be held at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Guests will be able to meet Dr. Crozier at a wine and cheese reception. Admission is free for this event.

His presentation, “Winonan Sam Whiting and the ‘Escape’ of the Confederate Raider CSS Florida,” describes the story of the building of the first Confederate raider, the CSS Florida (AKA Oreto), in Liverpool England, its evasion of the neutrality regulations, and daring run through the blockade into Mobile in December, 1862.
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Of special interest is that the central figure in this story is Captain Samuel Whiting, an early Winona pioneer, journalist, mariner and poet who rose to prominence during the Fort Sumpter incident in 1861. As a result of his heroic actions there, his maritime experience and a few influential friends, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him to the post of United States consul at Nassau.
Bill Crozier is the University Archivist at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He taught history here for over 30 years. He has presented papers at historical conferences in many places including Glasgow, Montreal, and Moscow and most recently at Columbia University in New York City.

Crozier served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and had the opportunity to sail the waters where the action of this presentation took place. He is a graduate of the United States Navy Submarine School and served on the USS Chopper (SS342) and the USS Sea Poacher (SS406). Based in Key West and Charleston, he participated in many Caribbean Naval operations and a memorable 35-day North Atlantic patrol.

Dr. Crozier’s appearance at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum is sponsored in part with generous support provided by the Ernest and Sally Micek Family Foundation in memory of W.B. “Bill” Gautsch.

For more information, call the museum at 474-6626.

Kowles gives seminars at WSU

Dr. Dick Kowles, biology department, gave two seminars at Winona State University on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of its homecoming activities. Dr. Kowles talked to genetics students about a long ongoing research project involving the mode of DNA replication in developing endosperm tissue in maize. He estimates that 18 to 20 SMU students have worked on the project over the years, contributing a vast amount of information on the system.

Upcoming events for internships, study abroad

An “Internships 101” workshop will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 134.

Upcoming study abroad deadlines are: Florence, Italy, Oct. 5; Galway, Ireland, Oct. 9; Rome, Italy, Oct. 9; teaching abroad, Oct. 10 and Cape Town, South Africa, Cuernavaca, Mexico and Melbourne, Australia , Oct. 12.

Grace Place fundraiser concert is Oct. 21 at SMU

The Savin’ Grace Concert, a fundraiser for Grace Place in Winona, will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Figliulo Recital Hall. It is the mission of Grace Place to provide Christian guidance, support and encouragement for women with unplanned pregnancies and for families experiencing brokenness and change.

Jazz event calendar

Swing Inc., including Eric Heukeshoven, will perform Friday, Oct. 5, at the Canadian Honker Restaurant in Rochester, Minn., and 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Waterfront Restaurant, La Crosse.

The John Paulson Trio performs 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester, the John Paulson with Miles Johnston Quartet performs 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Canadian Honker in Rochester; and the John Paulson Trio performs 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester.

View presentation on Hungary online through Tegrity

Peter Bolla was awarded one of 10 scholarships by the Hungarian American Scholarship Fund to come to the U.S. and develop his professional skills. He was placed at GeoSpatial Services to develop both his business and GIS skills.

Bolla is a graduate of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and received his M.Sc. degree in Informatics from the Eotvos Lorand University also in Budapest. He will be working at GSS for the next year and hopes to develop both a professional and personal network before he leaves.

To view a presentation about Hungary from a Hungarian’s perspective, click here to view presentation.

You must view the presentation on a Windows PC.