Thursday, January 24, 2008

‘SMU 10K’ citizens classic ski is Jan. 27 at Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s is inviting the public to the annual “SMU 10K” classic ski event on Sunday, Jan. 27.
The classic-style citizens ski event will wind through the bluffs and valleys of SMU’s trails.

The event is open to all individuals, with a mass start slated for 1 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged. On-site registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the Toner Student Center. The race is free to SMU students, faculty, staff, alumni and family members. The cost for the general public is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Each skier receives a souvenir race bib and a completion medal. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers — male and female — in two categories: open class and recreational class.

Weather permitting, a hot air balloon launch will mark the start of the race.

For more information or to receive a registration form, call Peggy Walters at Ext. 1640. Or visit the “SMU 10K” website at:

Plans set for Candlelight 2008 dinner on Feb. 9

Have you got a taste for a little nostalgia? “Candlelight, Outta Sight!” at Saint Mary’s will provide a flashback to the era of flower power on Feb. 9.

Candlelight is a communitywide event, hosted biennially by the university. Formerly a fund-raiser, the event is now simply a fun evening, a formal celebration of the university and a thank you to the community for its support.

Attendees of “Candlelight, Outta Sight!” will savor the flavor of a five-course meal including:
• Belgian Endive and Spring Mix Salad with Fresh Raspberries and Roquefort Cheese with Raspberry Vinaigrette
• “Fruits of the Sea in a Crepe” — Crepe filled with Baby Shrimp, Baby Bay Scallops, and Fresh Lump Crab Meat and Ricotta Cheese and Fresh Parsley topped with Lobster Sauce
• Lemon Sorbet with Crème de Cassis
• Tornado of Beef Fillets with a Port Wine Reduction
• White Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
• Wild Rice with Fresh Dates, Cranberries and Yellow Raisins
• Vanilla Ice Cream with Candied Chestnuts

The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at 6 p.m. in the lounge, followed by dinner in the dining hall. A highlight of the evening will include cabaret entertainment by SMU theatre and music students who will perform a variety of well-known favorites from the ’60s and early ’70s. The seven-piece Diane Martinson Band will then delight participants ready to hit the dance floor.

The cost is $75 per person or $140 per couple. Dress is formal attire, and valet parking and coat check services will be available.

Invitations have been mailed, but everyone is invited! If you would like to attend or have questions about Candlelight, call Jo Nesler, Ext. 1664.

Chicago Convention planned for Feb. 29-March 1

Mark your calendars for Feb. 29 and March 1, as Saint Mary’s faculty, staff, students and Christian Brothers will once again hit the road to reconnect with alumni and friends, meet prospective students and share our SMU with Chicago.

The next Chicago Convention will be held at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Ill. For more details, go to

Page Series presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Feb. 7

A musical performance of “Hansel and Gretel” will come to life through giant puppets, special effects, and beautiful costumes, Thursday, Feb. 7, at Saint Mary’s. The Page Series will host the performance, produced by Theatre Sans Fil, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Page Theatre.

The familiar children’s tale will be accompanied by an orchestral soundtrack, created by Engelbert Humperdinck, that is based on the Grimms’ fairly tale.

In “Hansel and Gretel,” the brother and sister are sent into the woods in search of strawberries, but are abandoned by their evil stepmother. Lost in the woods, they find a house made of candies and – unable to resist – they begin to eat it. The inhabitant of the house, an old woman, is actually a witch who has built the house to capture children, so that she may fatten and eat them. The children must rely on the only thing they have to save their lives – their wit.

Theatre Sans Fil, founded in Quebec in 1971, has performed across four continents in more than 25 countries, and has earned international recognition for its works with adults and children.

All tickets are $6, and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

Make it dinner and a show. Pre-show dinners are provided by Chartwells Catering. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center, located next to the Performance 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.

Saint Mary’s announces baseball/softball skills camps Feb. 3-March 2

Saint Mary’s will host 2008 baseball/softball pre-season skills camps for boys and girls in grades seven through 12 on Sundays between Feb. 3 and March 2.

Boys baseball players meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; boys baseball and girls fastpitch softball pitchers and catchers meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and girls fastpitch softball participants meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. – all in SMU’s Gostomski Fieldhouse.

Participants will practice pitching, hitting, catching, throwing and fielding, depending on which clinic you sign up for. Catchers will need to bring equipment; all others are asked to bring a glove, and no cleats are allowed.

The hitting, throwing, and fielding camp costs $60 per person; the pitching and catching clinic costs $40; and the cost for both clinics combined is $90. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and individual instruction by SMU staff and players including Nick Whaley, head men’s baseball coach, and Jennifer Miller, head women’s fastball coach.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 30. Register online at For more information, call Ext. 6973.

SMU Chamber Singers to perform in Madison, Victoria

The Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers will perform a series of concerts in Madison, Wis., and Victoria, Minn., as part of their 2008 Concert Tour. The 22-voice select ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea, associate professor of music and Music Department chairman.

Tour performances will include concerts at:
• St. James Catholic Church (Madison, Wis.) – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13
• St. Victoria Catholic Church (Victoria, Minn.) – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

The Chamber Singers will also serve as the guest choir for Masses at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.
All performances are free and open to the public. Repertoire will include a cappella works by Palestrina, Lauridsen, Stenhammar, and Ginastera, as well as English madrigals and spirituals.

For more information, call O’Shea at Ext. 1598.

Kabara business competition deadline is Feb. 1

All SMU Winona campus fulltime undergraduates are encouraged to submit business plans for a student-run, on-campus business, hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by groups of no more than three students. There is a limit of two proposals per student.

Each proposal should include:
• a concept statement
• anticipated startup costs
• a preliminary marketing plan
• potential suppliers and/or manufacturing processes (as applicable)
• a discussion of operating considerations (staffing, operating hours, etc.)
• pro-forma financial statements for the first year of operation
• contact information for the individuals submitting the proposal


Entries will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposal and its feasibility, ability to involve students in the operation of the business, and creativity.

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1. Prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded for meritorious qualifying projects: $900 for first place; $400 for second place; and $200 for third place. Winners will be honored and will make a presentation at the SMU Chicago Convention at the end of February.

Questions and proposals should be directed to
Teresa Speck, Campus Box 56, Ext. 1449 or

Student conferences planned for Jan. 27, Feb. 5

“Real World 101: Surviving Life After Saint Mary’s,” a senior conference sponsored by Student Development, Alumni Relations, and Career Services & Internships, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. The conference will concentrate on topics like résumé and interviewing tips, graduate school, and finding an entry-level job.

The “Crossroads” Sophomore Experience Conference, sponsored by Student Development, Career Services, Internships, and Study Abroad, will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Hillside Hall. The conference will inform students about résumé writing, internships, portfolios and more.

SMU Oldie Moldies to perform at Visions Feb. 1

The Oldie Moldie All-Stars from Saint Mary’s will perform a live and lively dinner show Friday, Feb. 1, at Visions Event Center.

Rock along to your favorite ’50s, ’60s and ’70s tunes, while you enjoy a menu of garden salad, grilled 6-ounce sirloin, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, béarnaise sauce, rolls and butter, and frosted marble cake.

The Oldies are all members of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at SMU. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The Oldies will perform two sets, one at 6:30 p.m., and a second at 7:45 p.m.

The price for the dinner and show is $25 per person; reservations can be made by calling Signatures at (507) 454-3767. Payment is by either credit card with the reservation or by only cash or check at the door. The reservation deadline is Jan. 30.

Visions Event Center is located at Signatures Restaurant, 22852 County Road 17 in Pleasant Valley.

SMU faculty join forces for ‘Ignes Fatui’ art show

Eight Saint Mary’s University art faculty members will join forces for the next exhibit, “Ignes Fatui,” in SMU’s Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Displaying works are Preston Lawing, Robert McColl, Charles Campbell, Randi Campbell, Sister Margaret Mear, Brother Roderick Robertson, Michelle Cochran and Dr. John Whelan.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 17. Admission is free and open to the public, and gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call Ext. 1652.

SMU students can attend Frozen River Film Festival for no charge

The Frozen River Film Festival, which takes place from through Jan. 27, features films, speakers, and events oriented toward environmental issues, sustainable communities, diverse cultures, adventure travel and extreme sports. The events will take place primarily at the Winona State campus.

Saint Mary’s students are allowed to attend speaker and film events for free with their Saint Mary’s ID. For more information, go to

Battle of the Bands is Jan. 26

The next student Battle of the Bands will be held Jan. 26 in Page Theatre. Admission is free. Awards ranging from $100 to $500 will be given.

Next ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ dates

Mark your calendars for the next Let’s Do Lunch events. Proceeds continue to benefit SMU faculty and staff who were affected by the August flood.

• Jan. 31 — Super Bowl theme — hosted by academic advising and the administrative/support departments reporting to Academic Affairs.
• Feb. 21 — Chili cookoff; all faculty and staff are invited to compete for prizes

Internal search for education librarian announced

An internal search for an educational librarian is being conducted on the Winona campus. This person will: be responsible for the Library’s bibliographic instruction program; prepare instructional modules and assess their impact on student learning; work in collaboration with faculty to prepare content-based instruction programs; design web-based tutorials and assess their effectiveness; act as lead education librarian, working with a team of librarians to present bibliographic instruction sessions; promote library instruction on campus; advance information literacy and research skills throughout the university curriculum; share reference duties with the other librarians, including some evening and weekend hours; and work as a liaison to assigned academic departments.

A master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited university is required.

For the complete job posting, go to

Jazz events

On Saturday, Jan. 26., John Paulson will be a judge and clinician at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Winterfest Jazz Festival.

The John Paulson Trio will perform 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester.

John Paulson and Mike James perform 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Central Lutheran Church Couples’ Dinner in Winona.

The John Paulson Quartet performs 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 1 at the Starlite Lounge in La Crosse, Wis.

‘Fireside’ planned for Feb. 22-23

‘Fireside,’ a coffee-house style talent show sponsored by the Sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, will be held Feb. 22-23. Students are invited to audition Feb. 1-3. Signups will be Jan. 28-31 at lunch and dinner. For more information, contact: Nicole at or Brookly at baheff04 Tickets will be available the week of Feb. 18-22 at lunch and dinner.

Employee changes announced

• Deborah Ward, January, program director, Philanthropy & Development
• Sara Kliber, January, Twin Cities education administration assistant
• Rebecca Sallee, January, assistant director, Campus Ministry
• Lane Urtel, January, GSS GIS specialist
• Debbie Watson, January, Rochester Center administrative assistant
• Karen McCormick, January, Natural Science Department administrative assistant
• Richard Brown, December, Campus Safety, Saint Teresa campus
• Russ Sobotta, December, maintenance, Saint Teresa campus
• Kristin De Vito, December, hall director
• Anjuli Graunke, December, administrative assistant registrar/windows
• Renee Rerko, December, Twin Cities admissions coordinator

• June Fox, January, administrative assistant registrar/windows
• Jacquelynn Austin, January, Twin Cities administrative assistant registrar/student services
• Diane Dockery, January, Twin Cities grants coordinator
• Matthew Nowakowski, January, Twin Cities director, MBA
• Alana Neil, January, Twin Cities marketing and communications coordinator
• Barbara Featherly, January, GSS-GIS analyst
• Patrick Grace, January, Performance Center director
• Travis Bare, January, assistant residence hall director
• Adolfo Cardona, December, Twin Cities MBA advisor/faculty
• Maricar Johnson, December, Twin Cities administrative assistant, Human Services
• Joseph Sweeny, December, vice president, for development and alumni relations
• Mark Spencer, December, maintenance groundsperson