Thursday, October 2, 2008

Brother William Mann inaugurated as 13th president

Saint Mary’s inaugurated its 13th president, Brother William Mann, FSC, in front of a crowd of 1,200 on Friday, Sept. 26.

The university’s website now features a link to photos, video and other information about the event. Go to the web homepage,, and click on the graphic or the link at the top.

Saint Mary’s to host Sylvia Nasar as part of Global Citizenship Symposium

Professor Sylvia Nasar, author of “A Beautiful Mind” and First Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will speak at both Saint Mary’s and Viterbo University in La Crosse at the end of October.

At Saint Mary’s, her presentation, “Globalization Then and Now: Historical Parallels to Contemporary Events,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Common Room. She writes, “What was true during the first wave of globalization in the 19th century is still true today. As Thomas Carlyle insisted in 1940, ‘What you have is less important than what you do with what you have.’ ” The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Nasar’s keynote presentation highlights the Global Citizenship Symposium, planned for Oct. 30-31 at SMU’s Common Room. The symposium is sponsored by the SMU Department of Social Sciences and Provost’s Office and is free and open to the public. Other universities participating and attending include Winona State University, Viterbo University and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Creating Sustainable Communities: Environmental Imperatives and Human Responses
11:30 a.m. — Land Stewardship Project, Lewiston, Minn.
12:15 p.m. — Lunch
1:15-1:30 p.m. — “Renewable Energy in Sustainable Development,” Pat Papachristou, Christian Brothers University, with Thomas Harris, UW-La Crosse, as discussant
Lasallian Perspectives on Global Citizenship: Meaning, Purpose and Practice
2:30 p.m. — “Lasallian Perspective on Global Citizenship: A Historical Review,” Richard Tristano, SMU; “Why Should I Care?: Student Responses to Darfur,” Stephen Pattee, SMU; “Bethlehem University,” Dorothy Diehl, SMU, with Joyce Altobelli, SMU, as discussant.

Living Locally and Visioning Globally: Scholarship, Research, Performance and Service Regarding 21st Century Citizenship
10 a.m. — “Citizenship, diversity and community programs,” Project FINE of Winona
11 a.m. — “Global Trade,” David Lynch, Saint Mary’s
Noon — Lunch
1:15 p.m. — “Globalization of Crime,” Tim Kullman, UW-La Crosse
1:45 p.m. — “Globalization” open discussion with Cecilia Manrique, UW-La Crosse as discussant
2:15 p.m. — “Creating Community Within Profit-Centered Organizations: Pitfalls and Possibilities” open discussion with Jeff Hefel, SMU, as discussant.

Reel Big Fish to headline Oct. 9 concert at Saint Mary’s

Reel Big Fish, a horn-driven ska punk band from California, will headline a Thursday, Oct. 9, concert at Saint Mary’s.

Doors to the gym will open at 6 p.m.; an opening band (Danger is My Middle Name) will perform at 7 p.m., and Reel Big Fish will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Reel Big Fish is best known for the 1997 hit “Sell Out.” The band gained mainstream recognition during the 1990s. In 1998, the band appeared in the movie BASEketball, performing in the stands to pump up the crowd. Their performance at SMU connects their tours in Canada and Brazil.

Tickets are $15 for the general public. Saint Mary’s students will be admitted for free and have the option of purchasing a $10 additional ticket. SMU faculty and staff also pay $10. Tickets are available via the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at The event is hosted by SMU’s Student Activities Committee.

Page Series opens Oct. 8 with Compañia Flamenco

Saint Mary’s Page Series will come alive with music, fiery footwork and brilliant costumes when Compañia Flamenco José Porcel takes the stage Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Known for their superb flamenco performances, José Porcel and his company of talented dancers will bring an explosion of rhythms, colors and emotions of the Spanish people to Page Theatre, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A flamenco performance gives spectators an overwhelming sensation of happiness, a joyful and sensual mood. The October program features eight dances, ranging from electrifying solos by Porcel to larger pieces for the company of eight men and women. In addition, the audience will be treated to live performances by a musical ensemble and traditional flamenco singers.

Tickets for the performance are $22, $18 for seniors, $18 for students, 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

Ernesto Calvo, Compañia Flamenco Jose Porcel’s road manager, will present a free pre-show presentation, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Figuilo Recital Hall, located adjacent to Page Theatre. Calvo will introduce flamenco, its history and place in Iberian culture. He will also provide insights into the evening’s performance, including styles, forms, and historical aspects of the dance and music.

New this year will be “student rush tickets.” Any student can purchase a “rush” ticket 20 minutes before the beginning of an event for $10. Students provide a valid picture ID; there’s a limit of one ticket per student and no reserved seats.

Saint Mary’s to host disc golf open Oct. 18

Saint Mary’s and Innova Disc Golf will co-sponsor a public disc golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 18.

The tournament will be held on The Woods disc golf course and will include two rounds of 18-hole amateur recreational play.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Toner Student Center. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., and the second round will begin at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

Pre-register for the event at or send registration form and money to the Office of Outdoor Leadership at Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #1490, Winona, MN 55987.

The cost for both rounds is $15 for students and $25 for the general public. Proceeds will go to maintaining the disc golf course and the Outdoor Leadership Program.

Each participant will receive a commemorative Innova Fairway Driver Disc. On holes 1 and 18 players will have the opportunity to purchase a $3 “Ace Pot” buy-in. For more information. go to or e-mail Davey Warner at

Kabara Institute hosts Greenies® founders

The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will host a presentation by Joe and Judy Roetheli, founders of Greenies® dog treats at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Salvi Hall. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

It took less than 10 years for Joe and Judy Roetheli of Kansas City, Mo., to conceptualize, produce and market the No. 1-selling treat for dogs in the United States. Greenies® helps clean dogs’ teeth and freshen their breath.

The Roethelis are also compassionate givers, having founded The Roetheli Lil’ Red Foundation which supports a variety of initiatives — including pet therapy for the elderly, building homes in third-world countries in conjunction with Food for the Poor, and supporting entrepreneur programs around the nation.

The Roethelis will share their entrepreneurial story of passion and persistence and their philosophical approach to business. They encourage young people to think and act upon their dreams and hopefully make life better for themselves and others.

For more information, contact Dominic Lawrence, Ext. 1486, or

Get election coverage from the library

Encourage students to become engaged in this election cycle. Point them in the direction of the library’s “Elections 2008” page at Here they will find reliable, non-partisan information about the candidates and where they stand on the issues; analysis of ads, speeches, and debates; examination of the money trail; links to party and candidate websites; as well as information about how to register to vote. If you have sites you would like to see added to this page, contact Ruth Torstenson-LeMasters at

Upcoming volunteer committee activities announced

The October “Jeans for a Cause” stickers are ready. With five Fridays in October, your $10 donation will entitle you to five days of comfort. You may also purchase stickers, individually, each Friday for $3 .

The first “Let's Do Lunch” is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the lobby of the hockey rink. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Athletics will provide the standard “tailgate” food; the volunteer committee will provide paper products, desserts and water.

Though it is not necessary, you may bring a dish to pass. Be sure to bring your appetite and a free-will offering. All proceeds will benefit SMU Nairobi students.

Maintenance hosts today’s First Friday

The Maintenance department in Skemp Hall 58 will host the October First Friday gathering from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. today, Oct. 3. There will be assorted beverages and a complimentary breakfast.

Depression screening to be held on Oct. 8

SMU Counseling Services will participate in National Depression Screening Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Screenings will be offered from 10 a.m. through 4 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.

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

For more information about SMU’s Depression Screening Day on Oct. 8, call Counseling Services at Ext. 1773.

Biology speaker lineup announced

Oct. 9 — Dr. Phil Cochran, biology professor, “Some Biological Effects of Severe Flooding in SE Minnesota.”

Oct. 16 — Georgette McCauly, current SMU student, “Minnesota Future Doctors.”

Oct. 23 — Dr. Deb Martin, biology professor, “B-Glucanases in Oats.”

All biology seminars will begin at 4 p.m. in Hoffman Hall, Room 112.

Jazz events

The John Paulson Quartet will be performing at the Starlite Lounge in La Crosse, Wis., from 8 to midnight on Oct. 4.

John Paulson and the Cliff Jack duo will perform 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Redwood Room, Broadstreet Cafe, Rochester.

Schild published in Winona Daily News

Dr. Steve Schild, Social Science, wrote a Sept. 14 column in the Winona Daily News pointing out that readers are not always aware of significant differences that sometimes exist between newspapers’ online and print versions. The column, titled “Two news sources with one name,” can be read at

SMU marching in Plymouth parade Saturday

This Saturday, Oct. 4, staff from Saint Mary’s Twin Cities campus will march in our first-ever Plymouth parade. This is a great opportunity to engage the local community and increase awareness of Saint Mary’s University in the west metro.

Next Hendrickson speaker is Australian John Howard

The keynote speaker for this year’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership Forum will be John Howard. The event is planned for April 21.

As the prime minister of Australia from March 1996 until November 2007, the Honorable John Winston Howard served a distinctively Western role in the Asian-Pacific Rim. Howard approached his responsibilities from a global viewpoint, providing economic vision and security strategies that raised Australia's profile and impact around the world as well as improving economic stability at home.

Howard will discuss the role of world leaders in a new century, addressing the growing concerns of globalization and global economics, the environment, and threats to international security. He will explain in what ways, and to what degrees, China, India and the Pacific Rim may participate. Finally, he will respond to questions submitted by Forum participants.

A block of complimentary tickets have been reserved for faculty and staff and reduced-price $40 tickets are available for additional alumni, faculty and staff; student tickets are $10. General admission tickets will be $50.

Please save the date and await further details:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
3– 5 p.m., reception to follow
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street, Minneapolis

Gallery show features computer illustration series

California artist Tom Lundquist will display images from his “Poissons de Chant” series — including #29 “Pursued by sheep, Joey Poisson adopts a desperate strategy” — Sept. 26 through Oct. 31 at Saint Mary’s University.

Tom Lundquist, a Minneapolis native and faculty member at Santa Monica College, Calif., is displaying images from his “Poissons de Chant” series through Oct. 31 at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Lundquist’s digital image series illustrates the adventures of a mythical troupe of singing fish from Montreal. To learn more about Lundquist’s work, go to

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.

Kowles gives presentation at Winona State University

Dr. Richard Kowles, professor emeritus in biology, gave a presentation at Winona State University on Friday, Sept. 19. His talk was titled “The Mysterious B Chromosome.” The seminar presented data from a series of experiments that Dr. Kowles and several Saint Mary’s students conducted with this very weird chromosome in maize (corn). B chromosomes in some organisms, in this case maize, seem to have no function or advantage to the organism that possesses them; hence, they are mysterious. Dr. Kowles presented this research to approximately 80 Winona State University genetics students.

Volunteer Services plans ‘Make a Difference Day’

In recognition of national “Make a Difference Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Services group has invited Winona nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service.

Approximately 150 Saint Mary’s University students will be teamed up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help groups and organizations on Saturday, Oct. 25, in recognition of “Make a Difference Day.”

“Make a Difference Day” is the most encompassing national day of helping others, a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND magazine, this annual event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

For more information, call Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or e-mail

Faculty invited to open house at Marine Art Museum

Saint Mary’s faculty members are invited to a College and University Faculty Open House at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Drop in to explore the galleries, have a glass of wine and learn about all the ways that their programs can fit into your curriculum.

Tuesdays are free for college and university students with a valid ID. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Tours are available for classes. You may schedule a docent-led tour or take a self-guided tour. The cost is $2 per student. (Self-guided tours on Tuesdays are FREE.) There is a minimum of 10 people, and two-weeks advanced notice is required.