Thursday, October 9, 2008

Get set to scream at annual Walk of Horror

This year’s Walk of Horror is again guaranteed to give you goosebumps. New scares are planned around every corner.

The 12th annual hair-raising fundraiser for the SMU Cardinal fastpitch softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23-25 and 30-31 in the bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.

Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs surrounding the campus for approximately 20 minutes. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students with ID, and $4 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate.

Head fastpitch softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages. The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for groups bold enough to face their fears. Last year more than 1,000 brave souls took SMU’s Walk of Horror.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s travel expenses. For more information, contact Miller at Ext. 6923.

Halloween Fun Night is Oct. 27 at Saint Mary’s

Elementary and preschool children from the Winona area are invited to attend the eighth annual Saint Mary’s Halloween Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

Participants should stop at the guard booth at the main entrance of the Winona campus for directions on where to park.

Young trick-or-treaters should start out the evening at the Hall of Fame Room, where tattoos and stickers, a coloring station, and other fun games will be offered, and the Cardinal mascot will greet pint-sized ghosts and goblins.

From there, SMU students will lead groups of trick-or-treaters through the residence halls of the university, where they can go door to door for candy.

Last year more than 600 youth participated in this free, safe and fun event, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life.

Candy donations needed for Halloween Fun Night

Candy donations are needed for the upcoming Halloween Fun Night. It takes a lot of candy to feed more than 600 area trick-or-treaters. Candy can be dropped off at the Residence Life Office, Toner Basement Room 14. Any amount would be appreciated.

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.

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

Area students invited to SMU Chemistry Nights

Many area high school juniors and seniors (and their teachers) will be experiencing the importance of chemistry in an athlete’s life via hands-on experiments during upcoming Chemistry Nights at Saint Mary’s. Interested students are invited onto campus from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30.

Chemistry Night, sponsored by the SMU Department of Chemistry and the La Crosse-Winona local section of the American Chemical Society, is an annual event designed to help students explore the discipline of chemistry and appreciate the positive role that chemistry plays in our everyday world.

Each year students solve a challenging but fun chemical problem, based on the National Chemistry Week (Oct. 19-25) theme. This year’s theme is “Having a Ball with Chemistry – The Chemistry of Sports.”

Students will work in small teams, using wet chemistry and working with chemical instrumentation in the SMU Department of Chemistry, under the guidance of SMU chemistry majors.

Prizes will be awarded to the teams that have the greatest success in solving the chemical problems arising within the sports area. Prizes will include SMU scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000.

The event is free, and there are still openings. Students who are interested should have their high school science teachers contact Dr. Jim Vogel at Ext. 1558.

Page Series to feature African song, dance Oct. 28

The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa will combine various African music styles into an explosion of color, sound and dance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, on the Page Theater stage.

Dressed in colorful costumes, the ensemble’s two-dozen musicians will blend together traditional African rhythms, instruments, folklore and mythology to create a beautiful musical performance. The ensemble incorporates authentic oral, musical and dance styles from African nations such as Togo, Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Benin, The Ivory Coast and Mauritania.

Past notable performers for the ensemble include singer Oumou Sangare and Toumany Diabate, the prince of Kora. The ensemble has performed many concerts around the world, including stops in France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Antilles.

Tickets for the Page Theatre 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

Career Services offers upcoming events

Career Fair 2008
Career Fair 2008, co-sponsored by SMU’s Career Services, Winona State University, and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, is fast approaching. It is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in WSU’s McCown gymnasium. This event is free and is open to all students, freshmen through seniors. More than 100 employers and graduate schools are registered to attend. It is a beneficial event, whether you are looking for information about a particular career or company, seeking an internship, job-hunting, or researching graduate schools. For information on the companies and graduate schools attending, students can look online at and click on the “career fair” link. A number of employers will be interviewing candidates for full-time career and internship opportunities the day after the fair, on Thursday, Oct. 23. You can interview with these employers by signing up with the career services office.

A shuttle will first depart at 11:30 a.m. and shuttles then leave every hour between noon and 3 p.m.

Government Fair
The Minnesota College & University Career Services Association is sponsoring the fifth annual Government Fair on Friday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Students can find out how to start their career in government by attending this fair. This fair is open to all students, freshmen through seniors. A list of the government agencies attending can be found at Registration is due Friday, Oct. 17, in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 136.

Blue Angel music show set for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

The SMU annual music variety show, Blue Angel, is planned for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Auditions for the show will be Oct. 17-18 and are open to the SMU community. Look for a sign-up sheet on The Phi Mu Alpha room door in the basement of the Toner Student Center.

For more information, contact Neil Leibundguth at or Rob Brewer at

SMU to welcome students from Chicago San Miguel

Sixth-graders from the San Miguel School in Chicago are visiting Saint Mary’s Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26-30.

San Miguel is a Christian Brothers’ mission school, part of a nationwide network of schools dedicated to teaching underserved populations of urban and rural school children. The Chicago school, located in a Mexican-American immigrant neighborhood, serves primarily children whose first language is Spanish, but they are also fluent in English.

The goals of the program are to acquaint these children with college life and begin to inspire them to consider post-secondary education. The program also gives Saint Mary’s students – particularly education students – the opportunity to work with urban children from another culture.

While in Winona these students stay with Saint Mary’s host families. The program has fostered a close relationship between San Miguel and Saint Mary’s. Many Saint Mary’s alums work or volunteer in the San Miguel Schools.

Saint Mary’s is still looking for a host family for each of the two weeks. The first week, a female student is in need of a host family that does not possess a dog. In the second week, two boys are looking for a family to host them. Being a host family is a great way to represent Saint Mary’s and the Lasallian community at large.

SMU community raises funds for charities

The generous SMU community raised $592 at the September “Jeans for a Cause” drive and added a new record of $485 at the October “Let’s Do Lunch,” sponsored by athletics.

The next “Let’s Do Lunch” will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, hosted by the SMU Cabinet. All proceeds from these events will benefit SMU Nairobi students.

Spartz gives presentations at the University of Kansas

Jason Spartz, information technology manager for Multimedia Systems, recently gave two presentations during the Consortium of College and University Media Centers 2008 Annual Conference in Lawrence, Kan. The first presentation was titled “A Tale of Two Universities in One Town: Classroom Design and Divergent Philosophies.” This session was co-presented with Tom Hill, director of Media Services at Winona State University. The second presentation given was titled “Class-Capture with Tegrity at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.” The conference was held Oct. 2-6.

Biology speaker lineup announced

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.

‘Buzz Saw’ reading is Oct. 17 at historical society

The Winona County Historical Society is presenting a stage reading of “Buzz Saw,” a play written by SMU professor emeritus Michael Flanagan. It is being presented at the Winona County Historical Society on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. Admission for the reading is free, and the presentation will be followed by a discussion and reception.

The play deals with Winonan Mat Wagner, who ran for mayor of Winona in the depth of the Depression in 1931. Two days before the election, he sold 600 dozen eggs to people for 1 cent per dozen when they were going for about 18 cents per dozen. He also put out a newspaper called the “Buzz Saw,” in which he accused local Winona officials of doing all sorts of civically inappropriate things. Two days later he was elected Mayor of Winona, but then ran into considerable legal hassles because of the eggs and the “Buzz Saw.”

Included in the staged reading cast are Ray Felton, Ken McCullough, Orion McCullough-Smith, Sarah Landman, Eric Sorenson, Patrick Marek, Justin Vann, Dan Munson, John Kerr, John Edstrom, Rod Oppreicht, Margaret Shaw Johnson, and Ethan Krase.

The reading is being presented by Theatre du Mississippi, with theatre committee members Lynn Nankivil and Sarah Aydlett coordinating. The presentation is directed by Judith Schmidt.

For more information, call the Winona County Historical Society at 454-2723.

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.

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