Thursday, April 17, 2008

Saint Mary’s hosts national street ball tour April 27

The high-flying and mesmerizing “Hustle Up Street Ball Tour” 2008 — starring Hotsauce, Highrizer, Springs, Spyda, and Ghost — dribbles its way onto the Saint Mary’s University court on Sunday, April 27.

The streetball legends, which have been described as Generation-X Harlem Globetrotters, will be playing against the best basketball players that Winona has to offer inside the SMU gymnasium. The tour promises a “night of tenacious dunks, incredible passing and the most unbelievable tricks you have ever seen.” The best streetball players in the world promise “the most exciting basketball event ever to hit Winona.” Doors open at 6 p.m., and tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Hustle Up Streetball is dedicated to showcasing this unique and extraordinary playground-style basketball to the youth of various communities. Because streetball has been so far limited to the major cities, “Hustle Up” (sponsored in conjunction with JUMPUSA.COM and K1X) brings the hottest streetball players to the smaller markets. The Hustle Up Streetball tour began over three years ago with only 10 tour dates. The 2008 tour will hit 35 cities throughout the country. During visits, players not only show off their basketball skills but also speak to students about the importance of education and staying away from gangs.

The members of the team, including Hotsauce, Highrizer, Springs, Ghost, JFK, Big Swoal, Pat DS Rock, Spyda and A-Money, have participated in one or more of the following events, videos and movies: the Mountain Dew/AND1 Mixtape Tour; the Magic Johnson/MTV “Who’s Got Game” Reality TV show; Nike Dribbling Commercials (the Nike Freestyle Team); ESPN & ESPN2’s Street Ball Series; the movies “Above the Rim,” “On Hallowed Ground” and/or “Crossover” (2006); various EA Sports Street Ball Video Games (representing characters); and they’ve played on or captained a team in the legendary NY Rucker Park Basketball Games.

The half-time show will feature a slam-dunk exhibition and pre-expo warm-up. An autograph session will be held after the game.

Tickets are $13 in advance and are available by calling Katie LaPlant at 6936 or at both Midtown Foods locations in Winona.

For more information about The Hustle Up Street Ball Tour, visit

WSU, SMU present Hop-a-Concert jazz performances April 2

WSU (top) and SMU (bottom) jazz students will perform April 25.

Winona State and Saint Mary's jazz ensembles will present a Hop-a-Concert – five jazz performances featuring Winona’s talented college students — at both schools (and the Acoustic Café) on the same day, Friday, April 25.

This event is the first-ever collaboration between students of the two jazz programs. John Paulson and Rich MacDonald, directors of jazz studies at SMU and WSU, decided to plan this evening of jazz after collaborating on live monthly jazz jam sessions at the Acoustic Café in Winona.

• From 6 to 7 p.m., two SMU Workshop Jazz Combos, directed by Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven, will perform a casual pre-concert set in the SMU Performance Center lobby.
• From 7 to 7:45 p.m., the SMU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Paulson, performs in Page Theatre, also in the SMU Performance Center.

• From 7:45 to 8:30 p.m., WSU Jazz Combos perform, directed by Richard Hammergren, perform in the WSU Performing Arts Center lobby.

• From 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. the WSU Jazz Ensemble, directed by MacDonald, performs on WSU’s PAC mainstage.

• And from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. SMU and WSU select Jazz Combos close the jam at the Acoustic Café.

This event brings the students together in a unique production, which will feature both large jazz ensembles and small group combos.

Admission to both events is $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at either WSU or SMU. At SMU, call Ext. 1715 or visit Individual concert tickets may also be purchased at the two venues.

Micklethwait to serve as first speaker for Hendrickson Institute Forum

Saint Mary’s University is hosting a forum on globalization and economics and honoring the first recipients of the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership during its first Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership Forum.

The event — featuring John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of “The Economist” — is planned for Wednesday, April 30, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. Events will run from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a reception.

Micklethwait will speak on globalization, the economy of the future, social responsibility and ethics issues – issues that mirror the global outlook, mission and curriculum of Saint Mary’s.

Additionally, the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership will be awarded to Warren and Mary Lynn Staley.

Tickets are $25; $10 for SMU students. For more information, visit

SMU students to stage Greek tragedy ‘Iphigenia’ April 18-21

The Greek tragedy “Iphigenia at Aulis” will take on chilling contemporary significance during the Department of Theatre Arts production April 18-21.

“Iphigenia at Aulis,” by Euripides, centers on Iphigenia, the teenage daughter of Agamemnon, the commander in chief of the Coalition of Greek Forces. While waiting to attack the town of Troy, Agamemnon offends the goddess, Artemis, who denies the army the wind of modern warfare, technology, stranding the fleet in the bay of Aulis. The priest Calchas tells him that he must sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to restore the wind and achieve ultimate victory.

SMU’s contemporary version of the tragedy — adapted and directed by Dr. Steven Bouler — explores the dark side of patriotism and war fever, and how far a politician-turned-warrior will go to secure a victory, even if it means sacrificing his own child.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, April 18, 19 and 21. A matinee performance is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20.

Tickets for the show — to be held in Page Theatre — are $8, $6 for students and seniors and are available at the Performance Center Box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

Saint Mary’s choirs to perform at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

The Saint Mary’s University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Choir will present a Spring Concert on Saturday, April 26, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A wide range of music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, will be offered, including works by Purcell, Bruckner, Hovland, Rutter, Mendelssohn, Stenhammar and Bernstein. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are directed by Dr. Patrick M. O’Shea, and the Women’s Choir is directed by Peter Schleif. Also appearing will be the Saint Mary’s University String Ensemble.

Tickets are $6 for adults or $4 for students and seniors and are available through the SMU Box Office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at Ext. 1715. Tickets are also available online at or at the door.

Senior art show to run through May 10 at SMU

These two pieces, on display through May 10 at the Saint Mary’s University senior art show, are by Bridgette Baggio (top) and Ashley Wendlandt (bottom).

Saint Mary’s University senior art students will present the next art show, “zero hour,” through May 10 at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. Artists displaying include: Bridgette Baggio, Kimberly Koecheler, Joseph Manley, Katie Mathews, Sarah O’Brien, Madeline Pieper, Ashley Wendlandt, Josh Barrett, Hilary Oas, Emerald Hulsing, Satoshi Hayashi, Mary Moses, Jeffrey Paul and Seth Weeks.

The galleries — free and open to the public — are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the Toner Student Center.

Annual SMU benefit dance raises nearly $17,000 for leukemia patient

Approximately 716 people danced to the Johnny Holm Band during this year’s Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance April 12 at Saint Mary’s University.

Money raised at this year’s Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance will help Steve Groby ’01, left, who has leukemia. With Groby is the benefit’s namesake Taylor Richmond and his mother, Nikki Richmond.

WINONA, Minn. — About 716 people attended Saint Mary’s University’s eighth annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on April 12.

Proceeds from the dance — and a silent auction held on campus — raised just over $16,900 for this year’s beneficiary, SMU alum Steve Groby ’01 of Shakopee, formerly of Wabasha. Groby was diagnosed on March 16, 2006 with Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia, which resulted in a bone marrow transplant last May.

This benefit dance has become an annual tradition since it was started by students in 2001 in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry and Student Activities staff member Nikki Richmond and her husband Nick Richmond, both of Cochrane, Wis. Taylor has a genetic terminal illness called Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) and the money from his benefit was used to fulfill Taylor's dream of going to Disneyworld. Each year this event benefits someone in the SMU community in need.

Donations are still being accepted. To help, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Katie LaPlant, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights No. 1471, Winona, MN 55987.

Student History Research Symposium is April 19 at SMU

Seniors from five area universities will present the results of their historical research at the Student History Research Symposium on Saturday, April 19, at SMU. The event — free and open to the public — is sponsored by the history departments of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Saint Mary’s University, Viterbo University and Winona State University.
In addition to the student presenters, Dr. Kirsten Fischer, associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, will make a presentation on “Religion and the Founders: A Conversation about Original Intent.”

Saint Mary’s and Winona State have co-sponsored a student research symposium for eight years, with UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University joining last year. This year they welcome UW-Eau Claire to the event. Each school asks senior history majors — and at Winona State, law and society majors — to write a senior thesis based on their original research of a historical question of their own choosing. In this way, the students actually do the work of historians, and in the process, deepen their research, writing and speaking skills.

All symposium sessions will be held on the third and fourth floors of Saint Mary’s Hall. The symposium opens at 9 a.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall (Room 332) with a short welcoming ceremony and coffee. At 9:15 a.m., students will present their research in concurrent sessions of three students each. At 10:30 a.m., a complimentary brunch will be served in the Common Room, followed by a second session of concurrent panels at 10:45 a.m. and Dr. Fischer’s talk at noon. The last round of student presentations run from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. For further information, contact Dr. Tycho de Boer at Ext. 6995 or

Saint Mary’s to host second Row, Ride, Run Triathlon

The second Saint Mary’s University Heart & SOUL “Row, Ride, Run” Triathlon will take place on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m.; check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on the west end of Lake Winona. The public is encouraged to take part in the triathlon.

Participants will canoe or kayak a 2.5-mile loop around Lake Winona, then bike 14 miles from Lake Winona to the SMU campus. Once on campus, racers will run 3.1 miles through the bluffs surrounding the university.

Participants may begin registering now, either as an individual or as a team. Teams may consist of two, three or four members. The registration period ends April 14. The fees are $35 per individual or $60 per team; registration spots are limited.

Racers are responsible for bringing their own bikes, and are required to wear helmets for the bicycling leg of the event. Canoeists and kayakers are required to wear life jackets; a limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent for $20. SMU students and employees can use canoes and kayaks at no charge.

For more information, or to register online, visit

Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women upcoming events

The end-of-year ceremony for the first official graduating class of the Saint Teresa Institute is today, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, followed by the Mary A. Malloy Tea and Tour, at the CST Tea House, both located on the Saint Teresa campus.

STI members are: Amelia Bock, Jillian Connolly, Katherine Flynn, Alyssa Hamel, Theresa Hartnett, Laura Holupchinski, Boya Hu, Heather Jacobsen, Nodetty Joassaint, Lindsay Johnson, Robin Karras, Abigail Lofte, Alyssa Longhway, Ashley Loos, Georgette McCauley, Diana Olivares, Robyn Perez, Kimberly Riley, Tamika Robinson, Margaret Scannell, Kristina Scherber, Holly Schuh, Katherine Simon, Jessica Smith, Brittany Staver, Yer Thao, Elizabeth Therneau, Tiffany Timmerman, Martha Walters and Danielle Zauhar.

STI, Edward Jones Investments, and Oppenheimer Funds will be sponsoring a Women & Investing Seminar on Wednesday, April 23, in the President’s Room of the Toner Student Center. RSVP to Holly Richard, Ext. 6651. All are welcome – men, women, students, staff, faculty, and our extended Winona community.

Saint Mary’s hosts first Relay for Life

Saint Mary’s University is hosting its first Relay for Life April 19-20. The theme is “Rockin’ All Night Long for a Cure.”

People are welcome to put a team together and walk. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to aid cancer research and help in the fight. Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event (though participants do not need to stay overnight) designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back against this disease.

During the event, teams of people take turns walking or running laps. Each team keeps at least one team member “moving” at all times.

But Relay for Life is much more than a walk around a track. It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived.

Students present hymn-sing April 29 at Faith Lutheran

Tony Freeman
Organ students from Saint Mary’s University will present a recital and hymn-sing from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1717 West Service Dr.

SMU students Tony Freeman, James Possin and Jake Vercimak, along with their instructor, A. Eric Heukeshoven, will perform selected works by Flor Peeters and John Ferguson, as well as traditional hymn tunes. The recital will also feature two original works. “Evening Hymn” by Freeman is based on an original hymn text by Father Paul Nienaber, assistant professor of physics at Saint Mary’s. This performance will mark the public premiere of Freeman’s work. “Reflections” by A. Eric Heukeshoven will feature Dr. Janet Heukeshoven (also a member of the SMU music faculty) on flute.

The event is free and the public is invited to come, sing, and listen to this uplifting music.

For more information, contact Heukeshoven at Ext. 7292 or

MCA auditions planned for summer inte

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold auditions for acceptance to the MCA Summer Intensive 2008 throughout the Midwest.

Interested dance students can audition locally at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St., Winona, Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The application deadline for the MCA Summer Intensive is May 1. For a brochure and application, or for more general information about the MCA Summer Intensive, visit, e-mail or call Ext. 5501.

Full schedule of events announced for Earth Week

A full schedule of events will be held at Saint Mary’s in recognition of Earth Week.Friday, April 18 — Spruce Up Winona.

Saturday, April 19 — Winona Earth Day Celebration at WSU. SMU Eco-Reps will have a booth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bike Trip in Lanesboro, sponsored by SAC.
Sunday, April 20 — Canoe Trip & Picnic Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Eco-Reps (Sign up in Toner, Room 8); Hike to the Rock, 5 p.m., sponsored by the Health Advocates.
Monday, April 21 — Car Emissions Testing on Campus, from 3 to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Eco-Reps.
Tuesday, April 22 — Free Bike Tuneups in the Plaza from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23 — Eco-Reps will conduct a waste audit in the plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Adopt a Highway (Sign up in Toner 8) from 4 to 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 24 — Gilmore Creek cleanup 3 to 5 p.m., sponsored by Volunteer Services (Sign up in the Trench); “Earth Week Expo — Healthy Earth, Healthy U” from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Plaza, sponsored by Health Advocates.
Friday, April 25 — SMUStock in Yon's Field, sponsored by the Eco-Reps.

For more information, contact Davey Warner, Ext. 8740.

Annual ‘Spruce Up Winona Day’ scheduled for April 18

Saint Mary’s, Winona State and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical will conduct the third annual “Spruce Up Winona Day,”on Friday, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“Spruce Up Winona Day” is a community-wide clean up project. This year’s event includes a flood relief component, in addition to working with Adopt-a-Block, downtown clean-up, the Elder Network and local residents.

Volunteers are needed to help with light cleanup or maintenance such as cleaning, raking, painting and picking up trash.

The event features three shifts: 1 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., or both shifts, from 1-5 p.m.

For more information, call Katie LaPlant, Ext. 6936.

Study day radiothon to raise money for Habitat

Joe Dulak and Jeff Hefel will continue the traditional “study day” radiothon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. This year’s show is Thursday, May 1, on KSMR 92.5/94.3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. As with last year, auction items are needed as well as guest hosts to sit with the DJs for one-hour blocks. Please contact Joe, Jeff or Matt Klosky at if you care to donate time or an auction item.

Over the past three years this event has raised over $5,000 for Habitat. A website at is now under construction to promote the event.

SMU Chamber Musicians to perform April 27

Saint Mary’s University student chamber music ensembles will present their annual spring recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the SMU Performance Center. A variety of musical compositions from the Baroque Era to contemporary times will be performed by flute duets, clarinet and mixed woodwind trios, flute and clarinet duets, brass quintet, and woodwind nonette.

Composers represented include Vivaldi, Schultz, Gounod, Kaisershot and others. The performance is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact chamber music coordinator, Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, at or Ext. 1675.

Brother Louis to receive honorary doctorate May 17

Brother Chancellor Louis DeThomasis will deliver the commencement address and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at University of St. Thomas ceremonies Saturday, May 17. The graduate ceremonies will honor recipients of graduate degrees awarded by St. Thomas’ College of Applied Professional Studies, School of Divinity, College of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering.

SMU is major sponsor of Capital for a Day events

Winona’s Capital for a Day celebration will contain a full day of free family-friendly festivities from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 16. The public is invited to celebrate what makes Winona so special, reflect on its Native American history, as well as discuss the city’s future.

SMU joins the City of Winona, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and Winona State University as a major sponsor of this event.

• A flag-raising ceremony is planned for 7:45 a.m. at City Hall, followed by a presentation by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in celebration of Minnesota’s sesquicentennial and honoring Winona as one of five “Capital for a Day” cities. Area jazz students will perform.

• Gov. Pawlenty will then launch a model legislature at City Hall. Rep. Gene Pelowski will host the event until 4 p.m.

• Beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Jaycee Pavilion in Lake Park, the public is invited to a Truth and Reconciliation Circle including leaders from the Dakota, Ojibwa and Ho-Chunk Tribes and representatives of city, state and national governments, as well as local civic and religious leaders. Participants will focus on the “true telling” of the history of our state and region, as they continue the reconciliation process, started in Winona in 2004. At 1 p.m. Winona Unified will host a talking circle at the Jaycee Pavilion: “Out of Many, One: Creating an Inclusive Community.” The discussions will expand to include issues of our community today. Community members of all cultural backgrounds are invited to join the circle and to share their truths of history and of living in Winona today.

• At noon, the historic Winona steam calliope , played by SMU’s Eric Heukeshoven, will lead off afternoon activities at the Levee, followed by a presentation by Winona’s poet laureate, James Armstrong, and a musical presentation by Winona students. From 1 to 2 p.m., the public is invited to a community conversation on the future of Minnesota. The conversation will focus on citizen engagement, hopes and dreams for the future of Minnesota, quality of life in the state, and a plan for future generations.

• Evening festivities will run from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Lake Park. A variety of music, sponsored by Saint Mary’s University and hosted at the Band Shell, is planned including: * The Beef Slough Boys with acoustic blues, riverboat rags, and old-time and country classics from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
* Gate City Jazz Band, Winona’s well-known Dixieland combo from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
* And Bob and the Beachcombers with surfin’ ’60s family rock and roll from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Participants are invited to pack their own picnic baskets or enjoy a variety of food vendors. Free ice cream, courtesy of the City of Winona, along with commemorative buttons, courtesy of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, will be given to all festival-goers.

At 7 p.m., the public is invited to “the great Winona wave” at Lake Park. In celebration of the event, a 2008 commemorative community aerial photograph is planned near the Band Shell. Other Lake Park activities will include horse-drawn wagon rides and inflatables from Rock Solid.

The evening will culminate with a fireworks display at 9:30 pm.

For more information and updates on the Capital for a Day activities, contact Deb Nahrgang, Ext. 6966, or visit or

Congratulations Barlow family

Patrick Barlow, director of College Assessment, and his wife, Lyla, had a baby girl, Paula Rose, Wednesday, April 16. The Saint Mary’s community extends its congratulations to the Barlow family.