Thursday, September 4, 2008

SMU to honor five during ‘M’ Club weekend Sept. 13-14

Five members are being inducted into the Hall of Fame including: Jen Garin, Brad Wiley, Katie Kortsch, Dick Kuehl and Duane Kuehl (posthumously).

The Saint Mary’s Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Alumni Office, will induct five members into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame during Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2008 — Jen Garin ’99 (fastpitch softball), Dick Kuehl ’57 (baseball), Duane Kuehl ’58 (baseball, posthumously), Katie Kortsch ’95 (women's soccer) and Brad Wiley ’90 (men's hockey) — will be honored during a ceremony Saturday evening.

Along with the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame class, Saturday’s ceremony will also honor former men’s hockey coach and athletic director Don Olson for his 32 years of dedicated service to Saint Mary’s. SMU’s 2007-08 postseason award-winners, as well as last year’s outstanding male and female athletes, and outstanding scholar athletes, will also be recognized.

The weekend festivities conclude on Sunday with various alumni games held on the SMU campus. For more information on the award winners, go to

Brother William’s inauguration nears; celebration is Sept. 26

All faculty, staff and students are invited to the inauguration of Brother President William Mann, FSC, on Friday, Sept. 26. All faculty and staff are reminded to turn in their RSVPs, so that catering accommodations can be made. For more information about the day’s events, go to

Additional information will be coming soon. Call Deb Nahrgang, Ext. 6966 or, with questions.

Classes truncated for Mass of Holy Spirit

The annual Mass of the Holy Spirit will be held 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in St. Thomas More Chapel. Bishop Bernard Harrington will be the principal celebrant. This special liturgy has traditionally been one of several events that marks the official opening of the school year.

The registrar has issued a truncated class schedule. Morning classes meet at regularly scheduled times.

12:15-1:30 p.m./12:15-1:05 p.m. classes meet at 1:40-2:35 p.m.; and 1:45-3/1:45-2:35 p.m. classes meet 2:50-3:45 p.m.

Classes that normally meet any time after 3 p.m. start at 4 p.m. and end at the discretion of the instructor.

Saint Mary’s to stage comedy ‘Bus Stop’ Sept. 25-28

Despite being trapped in a howling snowstorm, weary bus travelers find love and romance in a cheerful roadside diner during the Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre Arts production of “Bus Stop” Sept. 25-28, coinciding with SMU’s Family Weekend.

In this playful romantic comedy, written by William Inge and directed by Judy Myers, Cherie, a young and pretty nightclub singer has been kidnapped by a lovesick 21-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own (and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull). Romances blossom as audiences are introduced to a roomful of colorful characters including an inebriated English professor, a virtuous bus driver and many more.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25, 26 and 27. A matinee performance is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

Tickets for the performance — to be held in the Page Theatre — are $10, $5 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

The SMU Theatre Department has changed one of its previously announced productions for the upcoming school year. New to the schedule is “Playhouse Creatures” written by April DeAngelis and directed by Dr. Steven Bouler — to be presented at the Valéncia Academy Theatre, Nov. 6-9.

Previously purchased tickets for the production “She Stoops To Conquer” will be honored.

Art show features photography of Great Lakes

Wisconsin photographer Rus Hurt will display photography, including “Harris Johnson Mending Nets” (above) and “January Ice” (below) Aug. 20 through Sept 18 at Saint Mary’s University.

Wisconsin photographer Rus Hurt is featuring a variety of documentary and nature work through Sept. 18 at Saint Mary’s. The show, titled, “In Suspension: Photographs from the Upper Great Lakes” is divided into two sections:

• “Observations of a Lake Superior Fishery Past & Present” — a series of documentary photographs spanning a 35-year period of a Lake Superior fishery; and
• “Moments in the Wake” — a two-part glimpse into special moments on the Upper Lakes. Some of these photos are from the shipside view of a merchant seaman during the “Winter Runs of 1974-76.” Additionally, Hurt, a native of Port Wing, Wis., will display a collection of colorful nature-based seasonal shots, taken along Lake Superior’s south shore, where he lives.

A closing reception is planned for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at SMU’s Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

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.

Students to present ‘Radium Girls’ in London

SMU students will perform "Radium Girls" in London Oct. 14-18.

Saint Mary’s theatre students will stage the compelling drama “Radium Girls”Oct. 14-18 at the New Wimbledon Studio in London as part of the Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin Theatre in London Program.

Qualified theatre majors at Saint Mary’s are studying theatre in London, England, this semester through the Stefannié Valéncia 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.

SMU’s State Fair booth a success

Saint Mary’s distributed 40,000 Saint Mary's fans, 40,000 SMU suckers, and 300 alumni window clings during the Minnesota State Fair.

A total of 1,124 people went on our website to register for the scooter giveaway, and about 1,000 filled out paper entries. Almost 600 of those entrants also requested followup contact or program information from SMU. The scooter was won by Lora Hanton of River Falls.

Volunteer Committee events planned

Saint Mary’s faculty and staff can now wear jeans every Friday through SMU’s Jeans-for-a-Cause fundraiser. For $10 a month or $3 per Friday, you can get your sticker(s) from the Student Services windows, dress comfortably on Fridays, and directly support students at our Nairobi campus.

In the past, these fundraisers — spearheaded by the Volunteer Committee — have helped with employee flood relief, the Catholic Worker House, and a Christian Brothers school in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The first Let’s Do Lunch communitywide potluck is scheduled for October. Watch for more details!

Fine Arts Commission honors Conservatory for the Arts

Each year the Fine Arts Commission selects three local artists or art organizations to receive special recognition. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts was selected this year (along with Winona artists Emilio Degrazia and David Echelard's Blue Heron Consort ). The MCA will be presented with a plaque by the mayor and the Fine Arts Commission at a city council meeting on Sept. 15 at 7:30 pm.

Winona’s Capital for a Day celebration continues Sept. 13

Saint Mary’s is again assisting with a Winona Capital for a Day celebration Saturday, Sept. 13, with a magic show, good food and an outdoor animated movie.

Grab a lawn chair and some blankets and prepare for a full day of activities Sept. 13 at the Lake Park bandshell area. After the Heroes Among Us, Paddle for Life, and Family Art Day events, stay for an evening of free family fun including:

• The Halls of Magic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Twin Cities magician Kevin Hall and his wife will provide audience members with an incredible blend of comedy, magic, illusion and some wild interactive games for the kids. Special local celebrities are scheduled to become on-stage assistants.

• A special, outdoor showing of “The Bee Movie” at 7 p.m. — This animated family favorite will be shown on a 40’ by 22.5’ screen, provided by Twilight Zone Outdoor Cinema.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be available. For more information, contact Deb Nahrgang,

During the Family Art Day events, which run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., Monta May MFA ’04 of Communication and Marketing will be conducting a workshop for adults and children ages 10 & older on tapestry weaving. Participants will be able to create and keep a tapestry (limited to 28 participants). Additionally, Emerald Hulsing ’09 will be conducting a workshop on hand-built pottery.

Dr. Shelly McCallum earns doctoral degree

Congratulations are in order for Shelly McCallum, Business Department, who finished her doctoral work and successfully defended her dissertation. Her dissertation is titled: “An Examination of Internal and External Networking Behaviors and Their Relationship to Career Success and Work Attitudes.” McCallum has been on educational leave for the past three years to complete her doctoral program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport Iowa. She earned her Doctor of Business Administration degree. Saint Mary’s welcomes her back.

Employee changes

• Donald Olson, Sept. 30, Athletics
• Julianna Piscitiello, Aug. 15, MCA - Administrative Assistant
• Holly Renn, Aug. 15, TC - Rochester
• Lyle Ferguson, July 18, TC - Security
• Thomas Geraghaty, July 18, TC - Program Coordinator
• Jamie Rattunde, July 3, Camps and Conferencing
• Katherine Rusk, June 13, TC - Program Coordinator
• Allison Heille, June 12, TC - Administrative Assistant
• Kelly Friesleben, May 31, TC - Director Student Service
• Lenny Hofmann, May 31, Athletics
• Nigel Jenkins, May 31, Athletics/Admissions
• Mirela Miresan, May 31, TC - MBA Assistant Director
• Holly Richard, May 31, Director Saint Teresa Institute
• Kami Ward, May 31, Grad Asst. Intramurals
• Nick Whaley, May 31, Athletics - Baseball

Jazz news

John Paulson and the Miles Johnston Quartet will perform 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 12 at the Starlite Lounge in La Crosse, Wis.