Thursday, November 15, 2007

SMU Concert Band to present instrumental showcase

The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles will present an instrumental showcase at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

The concert, performed under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will be held at Cotter High School’s Saint Cecilia Theatre.

All faculty and staff may receive one free ticket by contacting the SMU Box Office.

Tickets are $6 for the general public, $4 for students and seniors and are available online at or the Performance Center box office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

SMU Page Series presents Koresh Dance Company Nov. 17

The Saint Mary’s University Page Series will host the unique and exciting Koresh Dance Company, featuring “Looking Back: Music of the ’40s & ’50s” on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The program will feature original dance pieces that break through boundaries of traditional choreography. “Looking Back” evokes all the romance and rebellion of the era, complete with lively jazz and swing choreography, along with a delightful cast of characters and stories. Koresh will showcase a dance experience that will excite audiences of all ages beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre.

The dancers will perform to music from such well-known artists as Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and many more.

Tickets are $22, $16 for seniors, $14 for students and are available by calling the Box Office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

This Page Series event is co-sponsored by the Kaplan Forum on the Jewish Experience.

Benefit for Christy Pickford planned for Nov. 19

A fundraising event will be held Monday, Nov. 19, for SMU senior Christy Pickford. The event, organized by the PR/Business Club, will feature a silent auction, live acoustic music and refreshments.

All proceeds will go to the Pickford family. On July 28, Christy was struck by a train in Winona. She remained in a coma for a month and is currently being treated at a rehabilitation center in the Twin Cities area.

Some of the items to be auctioned off include two pairs of tickets to a Minnesota Wild hockey game, gifts from Nola’s Flowers and SMU apparel. The event will be held 7 to 9 p.m. in the President’s Room. Admission is $5. The auction will conclude with the senior auction, Nov. 29-30.

February S.O.U.L. trips applications due

S.O.U.L. applications for February break trips are due before Thanksgiving break in the Office of Campus Ministry.

This year, the February S.O.U.L. trips are going to Kansas City, Mo.; Cranks Creek, Ky.; Browning, Mo.; New Orleans, La.; and Camden, N.J. There is an additional trip to the Philippines after graduation in May.

Applications are available in the Office of Campus Ministry, the back of Saint Thomas More Chapel, and on the Campus Ministry bulletin boards.

Registration fees are not due until Jan. 11; scholarships are available.

Contact Rebecca Sallee in Campus Ministry with questions or for more information.

Sign up to help with SMU Gifts for Winona

Go to to volunteer for Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona. This annual program helps approximately 1,500 individuals have happier holidays. The community-wide gift-giving program is a great way to get in the holiday spirit by helping those less fortunate.

Volunteers are needed to help pick up gifts from the various trees (located throughout town) and bring them to the distribution site. Volunteers are also needed to help with shopping and wrapping, as well as distribution. Check your calendars. Every person’s contribution helps to make this program a success.

Schild named to Minnesota News Council committee

Dr. Steve Schild, Social Sciences, has been named to the Complaints Committee of the Minnesota News Council. After reviewing complaints from citizens who believe they have been unfairly or inaccurately portrayed in news stories, the committee formulates questions that will be the basis for hearings to determine whether the citizen complaints are upheld or denied.

The news council, one of only two of its kind in the country, seeks to promote high standards in journalism.

Heukeshoven’s work to be featured in Indianapolis

A multimedia work by A. Eric Heukeshoven, lecturer in music, will be one of the featured presentations at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis on Monday, Nov. 19.

For this event, Heukeshoven synchronized computer generated images created with custom visualization software to the soundtrack of his original composition, “Alternating Currents” for soprano saxophone and synthesizer accompaniment. The recording features Dr. John Paulson on saxophone.

Heukeshoven is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Music Technology at IUPUI. The presentation at next week's graduate recital will be his second work selected for this series.

The event combines live performances with works such as Heukeshoven’s that are submitted electronically. Details about this event can be found online at

Winona in running for Capital for a Day

The City of Winona has been nominated for Capital for a Day in conjunction with Minnesota's Sesquicentennial celebration in 2008. To place your vote, go to and click on “Vote for your Capital for a Day.”

Winona is listed under the Driftless Area. Voting closes Nov. 24. Winning cities will be recognized as Capital for a Day during the week of May 11-18, 2008.

Senior Class Silent Auction in need of items

The Senior Class is hosting the annual Silent Auction on Nov. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Toner Center Game Room. The auction is a means for the Senior Class to fund the activities held throughout the year, specifically Senior Week.

In years prior, the Senior Silent Auction has been one of the most successful fundraisers for the senior class. The auction needs the help of SMU faculty and staff to truly make the auction a success. In the past, donated items have included: gift certificates, gift baskets, electronics, and homemade items. Other ideas could target your talent, like guitar lessons, scrapbooking, photo shoots, poetry or other written works, personal CDs, artwork, cooking lessons, dinners, adventure sports activities, and more.

Please submit your donations to Jason Richter in Toner 8A today, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Anna Skonieczny ( or 815- 541-6457) or Lindsay Dickson (, 763-232-1558).

Schild's poem named Editor's Choice

A poem of Dr. Steve Schild’s, Social Science, has been named the Editor’s Choice for November by Serengeti Press, Waterton, Ontario, Canada. The poem, titled “Armistice,” can be viewed at

Knit Nights continue

The next Knit Night will be Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Common Room. Space is limited to 25 participants. Beginner lessons will start at 7:30 p.m., with intermediate and advanced knitters invited to join the group at 8 p.m. Women students, faculty, and staff are invited to join others for conversation, knitting instructions and light refreshments. The event will continue until 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 to cover beginning materials. To sign up, call Ext. 1773 or e-mail or

Upcoming events for internships, study abroad

The study abroad deadline for Omskirk, England, is scheduled for Nov. 27. For more information, call Ext. 6695.

Volunteer Services is going to Biloxi over Thanksgiving break

Students will be helping families continue to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina during Thanksgiving break Nov. 16-26.

Jazz events

Swing Inc., which includes Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department, will perform 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Canadian Honker Restaurant in Rochester.

Swing Inc. will also perform 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Waterfront Restaurant in La Crosse.

The John Paulson trio will perform 8 to 11 p.m. today, Nov. 16, at the Waterfront in La Crosse.

The John Paulson with Miles Johnston Quartet performs 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Canadian Honker in Rochester.

Reminder: this week is last ‘Campus Notes’ before break

Reminder: This is the last edition of “Campus Notes” before Thanksgiving break. The next edition will be Friday, Nov. 30. Look ahead on your calendars. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Congratulations to Baker family

Jackie Baker, director of internships, and her husband Cory had a baby boy, Zachary Allen, on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Saint Mary’s community extends its congratulations to the Baker family.

Sympathy to Kulas family

Max Kulas, former Superintendent of Building and Grounds at Saint Mary’s, died Wednesday, Nov. 14. Kulas served the university from November 1955 until he retired in June 1985. In August of 2000, the power plant on campus was renamed the Kulas-Connaughty Power Plant in recognition of Max and of his successor, Roger Connaughty.

The funeral will be held Monday, Nov. 19, at Saint Anne Hospice. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Kulas family.