Thursday, October 16, 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 Saturday

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

SMU flu shot clinic returns Nov. 13

Saint Mary’s will host a flu shot clinic for employees on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Faculty/Staff Lounge, Room 115, Saint Mary's Hall. The clinic will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m.

Flu shots are free to employees (and their dependents) covered by Saint Mary's health insurance through CCStpa. The cost for others is $23, which will need to be paid in cash at the time of the shot.

To register for the clinic, contact Paul Wildenborg by e-mail at or Ext.1442.

Annual research symposium set for Nov. 1 in Minneapolis

The Ed. D. in Leadership program at Saint Mary’s will host the fifth annual EDD Research Symposium at the Minneapolis campus on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saint Mary’s annual research symposium attracts numerous members of the SMU community, including current doctoral students, faculty, and graduates of the program. This event highlights the accomplishments of our recent graduates, allows current students to receive valuable feedback from their peers, and provides an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students to share their accomplishments with a wider professional audience.

The keynote speaker at the symposium luncheon this year is expected to be Brother Michael Collins, president of De La Salle High School in Minneapolis. Brother Michael is a renowned Lasallian leader who has served the Christian Brothers in key leadership positions for many years. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s for 29 years and has been a strong supporter of the provision of higher education to adults in the Twin Cities. In addition, Brother Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contribution to the continuing dialog on educational access and inclusion.

If you have any further questions contact Britt Bakken at or Ext. 5127.

Students visiting campus Oct. 16-19

Education Minnesota (MEA) Days started Oct. 16 and continue through Sunday Oct. 19. Saint Mary’s has had about 100 students and their families visiting campus yesterday and today (Friday). SMU will also host an overnight visit Oct. 18-19. About 55 students have registered for the event.

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. Tickets are now sold out.

Students presenting ‘Radium Girls’ in London

Saint Mary’s theatre students are performing 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.

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 today, Oct. 17, in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 136.

Long-term Volunteer Fair
On Thursday, Nov. 6, WSU and SMU are hosting long-term volunteer fairs (from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hyphen of Kryzsko Commons on the WSU campus, and from 3 to 5 p.m. in the game room of the Toner Student Center on the SMU campus).

Long-term volunteering involves committing one or two years assisting with a particular need in communities that are underserved and have few resources. The Nov. 6 fairs at WSU and SMU welcome approximately 15 long-term volunteer programs from around the country that place recent college graduates into volunteer placements nationally and internationally.

Some of the programs that are registered include Lasallian Volunteers, St. Joseph the Worker in St. Paul, Mercy Home Volunteer Corps, Christian Brother Volunteer Program, Holden Village, Inner City Teaching Corps, and more. The fairs are open to all interested in learning more about long-term volunteering and the diversity of options available. For more information, contact Chris McClead in the Office of Campus Ministry: or Ext. 7268.

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 today and Saturday, 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.

Bethlehem University visiting scholar to speak Oct. 17

Learn more about Bethlehem University at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 17, from SMU’s visiting scholar Dr. Muna Matar.

Share conversation and refreshments in the World Room. All faculty, administrators, and staff are invited.

Martin to discuss oats at next biology seminar

On Oct. 23 Dr. Deb Martin, biology professor, will discuss “B-Glucanases in Oats,” beginning at 4 p.m. in Hoffman Hall, Room 112.

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