Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mear’s work highlighted at faculty art show



Seven Saint Mary’s faculty members from the Department of Art and Design will display a variety of artwork Thursday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

The show, “Seven Point Perspective,” will include a retrospective of retiring faculty member Sister Margaret Mear’s work. Sister Margaret will be honored for her tireless contributions to the university for the past 33 years. Also displaying works are Brother Roderick Robertson, Preston Lawing, Rob McCall, John Whelan, Charlie Campbell and Kathy Greden Christenson.

An opening reception is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, in the galleries. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the exhibit is free and open to the public.

‘Gifts for Winona’ nears completion; gifts due today

Today is the last day to get your gifts in for Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona. Because the community distribution is early, gifts MUST be returned today, Friday, Dec. 11!

Approximately 1,400 tags went out through the program this year. The early deadline is a priority so that this large number of gifts may be properly sorted and recorded.

Gifts from SMU tree tags can be returned to the Business Office. If you are unable to return your gift today, please call Deb Nahrgang at Ext. 6966 with tag identification information. A monetary donation can also still be made; make checks payable to SMU GFW and send to Gifts for Winona, Box #8 or drop off at the Business Office windows.

Jazz combos to perform at Acoustic Café Dec. 13



Two student jazz workshop combos, directed by Dr. John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven, will present a free concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Acoustic Café in Winona.

This event will feature student musicians who have been playing together all semester. The performance serves as their “final exam.” They’ll be playing well-known jazz standards by composers like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis, as well as some unique hybrid arrangements of popular jazz tunes blended with familiar Christmas tunes by Heukeshoven.

Warner to receive volunteer award from Boy Scouts

On Dec. 10, Davey Warner, Outdoor Leadership coordinator, accepted the 2009 Most Important Volunteer award in the “Connecting Land to People” category on behalf of the Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage Program of the Boy Scouts of America. Warner received the award at the U.S. Forest Service Region 9’s annual honor awards ceremony in Milwaukee, Wis. He has spent the past five summers working for the Boy Scouts and currently serves as the Wilderness Voyage program’s director.

The OA Wilderness Voyage program provides Boy Scouts ages 16-20 from all of over the country the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or in the Quetico Provincial Park. They spend their first week repairing centuries-old portage trails and their second week on a wilderness canoe trek.

Region 9 of the US Forest Service encompasses 20 states and 40 percent of the population of the U.S.

Fox serves on presidential evaluation committee in R.I.

Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, recently served on the presidential evaluation committee for Brother Michael McKenery, president of Lasalle Academy in Providence, R.I. Lasalle Academy enrolls 1,400 students in the ninth through 12th grades. In addition to her committee duties, Dr. Fox enjoyed visiting with alumni, trustees and prospective students in the Providence area.

Griffins named recipients of Taylor Richmond benefit

Crystal Griffin, maintenance, and her family have been chosen as the recipients of the 10th annual Taylor Richmond benefit and dance. This year’s dance is scheduled for March 20.

Next Page Series event tells story of Harriet Tubman


The Underground Railroad Theatre will present “Are You Ready My Sister” Friday, Jan. 15, as the next Page Series event.

The story of how Harriet Tubman helped free 300 slaves will come to life at 6:30 p.m. in Page Theatre.

This historical adventure story of the “great conductor” of the Underground Railroad, and the Quaker women who helped her bring 300 slaves to freedom, features live music based on spirituals of the time, dramatic scenes, and audience participation. The set, a giant patchwork quilt, unfolds the story; each square of the quilt comes to life with shadow puppets and illuminated scenery.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and are available at the box office, 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Reminder: No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Because of the holidays, the next issue of “Campus Notes” will be Friday, Jan. 8. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Where to turn for class cancellations

During the winter months, severe weather might necessitate the cancellation of classes. In the event classes are canceled for an entire day, the following area radio stations will announce this:

Winona: KWNO (FM99.3 and AM1230)
KAGE (FM95.3 and AM1380)
KHME (FM101)
La Crosse: WIZM (FM93)
Rochester: KROC (FM106.9 and AM1340)

If a cancellation takes place right before or after a break period, the following will be notified:

Twin Cities: WCCO Radio/TV (AM830/Channel 4)
Chicago: WBBM-AM, WGN-AM (radio stations)
WBBM, WFLD, WGN, WLS, WMAQ (TV stations)

Notices will also be placed on “Inside Pages” or the undergraduate or visitors sections of the website, and will be sent campuswide via e-mail.

As with any class cancellation, you may refer to the main bulletin board in Saint Mary’s Hall or call the Class Info Line (Ext. 7878 or 457-7878 from off campus).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Staff, faculty, students to celebrate Patronal Feast Mass

The Saint Mary’s community will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception/Patronal Feast Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 12:10 p.m. in the Chapel.

Today is the last day for faculty and staff to pick up their free meal tickets from the Info Desk for the Community Meal in honor of the Patronal Feast of our university. The feast will be held 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the cafeteria. All staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend.

To allow time for Mass and lunch, the afternoon classes will be truncated as follows:

• 12:15-1:30 p.m. classes meet 1:40-2:35 p.m.
• 1:45-3:00 p.m. classes meet 2:50-3:45 p.m.
• Classes that normally meet after 3 p.m. will start at 4 p.m. and end at the discretion of the instructor.

Pre-Finals Christmas Breakfast is Dec. 10

The Office of Academic Affairs and Chartwells Food Service will sponsor the Pre-Finals Christmas Breakfast for students on Thursday, Dec. 10.

The breakfast will be served by faculty and staff in the Toner Center Dining Room from 10-11:30 p.m. This popular event is usually attended by approximately 700 students. About 25 people assist with cooking, serving, and cleaning up. By tradition, second year full-time faculty are asked to serve and clean up from 9-10:30 p.m. First year full-time faculty are asked to serve and clean up from 10:15-11:45 p.m. However, all faculty are welcome to participate in this event. Everyone is invited to join the students in singing Christmas carols, and Santa will make an appearance.

The breakfast follows the traditional Christmas Light Service at 9:30 p.m. in the Saint Thomas More Chapel, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at the plaza.

Choirs to present ‘Lessons & Carols’

The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir will present their annual holiday tribute, “Lessons and Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The performance — a celebration of Advent and the Nativity through song and spoken word — will be held at Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, located on the Saint Teresa campus.

Music will include familiar carols, as well as selections by a variety of composers from the Renaissance to the present.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Faculty and staff are eligible to receive two free tickets for this week’s Music Department events.

Concert Band holiday concert is Dec. 6


WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will hold its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Page Theatre.

Musical selections include classic Christmas favorites such as “O Holy Night,” Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride.”

After the concert, the audience is invited to join the band in the Miller Lobby for a Christmas cookie reception with more music, presented by SMU band members.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org. Tickets are also available at the door. Faculty and staff are eligible to receive two free tickets for this week's Music Department events.

For more information, contact Dr. Heukeshoven at jheukesh@smumn.edu.

Miles Johnston to highlight SMU jazz concert Dec. 4



WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University will present an evening of jazz — featuring student jazz groups and guest musician Miles Johnston — Friday, Dec. 4.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theater, located in the SMU Performance Center. The Jazz Ensemble (16-piece big band) and Jazz Combo I, both under the direction of Dr. John Paulson, will perform.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform a wide range of styles, featuring several distinctive student soloists, and Johnston, who is a multi-talented drummer, singer and cornet player. The set will include “The Nasty Blues” by Mike Carubia, which will include solos by Vanessa Grams of Little Falls on alto sax; Trevor Woggon of Viroqua, Wis., on trombone; Benjamin Scott of Rochester on bari sax; and bassist Joe Mazucca of St. Michael. Also included will be Mike Tomaro’s arrangement of Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”; “Smack Dab in the Middle,” arranged by Sammy Nestico from the book of Count Basie; and a new plunger trombone feature, “Keep the Stick” by Dean Sorenson. This piece will highlight the work of student trombonist Tom Briese of Rochester, Minn. Johnston will sing several selections from the Great American Songbook, arranged by Dave Wolpe for big band, including, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Just Friends” and “Night and Day.”

Jazz Combo I will play several recognizable works by Horace Silver like “The Preacher” and “Sister Sadie,” along with an outstanding arrangement of “Freddie The Freeloader” by Miles Davis, arranged by Frank Mantooth and featuring Johnston on cornet. Also, included in their set will be a new arrangement by vibraphonist Jeremy Johnston of “Black Magic Woman,” as played by Santana.

A jazzy Christmas tune or two will be included in the mix, and an additional Jazz Workshop Combo will perform in the lobby for a pre-concert show. Come early to enjoy music by these talented students.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org.
Faculty and staff are eligible to receive two free tickets for this week's Music Department events.

About Miles Johnston

Miles Johnston has been playing music for more than 40 years. He studied music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and then piano technology at the UW-River Falls.

While in the Army, Johnston played in stage band, concert band, marching band, and small jazz and rock groups. With the 3rd Armored Division Band he traveled throughout Germany, Holland, and France playing Fasching parades, concerts, beer tents, and Army ceremonial jobs.

After the Army and after finishing school, Johnston and his family moved to Rochester, where he has played with numerous bands.

When Johnston was in his early 40s, he decided to take up the cornet as a second instrument. After seven years of cornet practice, just as he had started to play publicly, he was humbled by the onset of Bell’s palsy, which temporarily paralyzed the left side of his face. It was a year before he could play publicly again.

In 2000-2001, he performed aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line flag ship the S.S. Norway. Since then, has been performing with the swing group 2 O’Clock Jump and doing freelance work. He also regularly plays with the Miles Johnston Quartet and as part of a local jazz trio and duo.

Dance Repertory Company presents winter showcase

Dance Repertory Company II performers and young choreographers will present Winter Dance Showcase 2009, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5.

Audiences can enjoy performances at 6 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 4, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre, located at 1164 West 10th St.

Dance Repertory Company II is the junior performing troupe of Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA). Students ages 5 to 12 will perform classical ballet, jazz and modern dance. These young students auditioned last September for the showcase and have been participating in weekly technique classes and rehearsals.

The performance will also include original works by the MCA and Saint Mary’s young choreographers. These high school and college students participated in choreography and dance composition courses throughout the semester.

Young choreographers presenting works include: Dot Armstrong, Abby Ayotte, Fallon Devine, Lydia Feuerhelm, Joanna Mills, Sarah Mills, Bryan Moore and Adelle Vietor. DRC II cast members include: Colin Cada, Lauren Callahan, Walker Crum, Gwendolyn Gray-Burlingame, Cooper Hancock, Phoebe Kropuenske, Megan Lynch, Alec Meinke, Hayden Meinke, Justine Meinke, Laura Schleich, Natalie Schleich, Olivia Schlesser, Maren Stewart, Emily Strom, Anna Velikanova, Calli Jo Wagner and Emmalena Williamson.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Admission for children and students ages 2-21 is free. To reserve tickets, call 453-5500. Seating is limited. For more information, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org. For more information about the SMU dance minor program, visit www.smumn.edu/danceminor.

Winona Area Youth Singers plan winter concert Dec. 6

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present the Winona Area Youth Singers (WAYS) in a winter concert — featuring music from around the world — on Sunday, Dec. 6.

The concert will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center Recital Hall, 1164 West 10th St. The program will include folk music from the Pacific Rim, Africa, Europe and the Americas, and concludes with some traditional Christmas carols.

“The singers have been working hard and are excited to perform songs from different cultures and in different languages,” said Lindsy O’Shea, WAYS director.

WAYS members include: Shae Alcamo, Phillippa Armstrong, Adrian Brietzke, Andrew Behling, Mariah Bruner, Carina Dretske, Daria Goede, Justine Meinke, Alexa Morescki, Shannon O’Brien, Audrey Schmidt, Addison Sim, Noel Thompson and Korto Thrune. The WAYS assistant conductor is Matt Polum, and Laura Rothe serves as accompanist.

Reserved tickets are not necessary. Admission is $10 at the door for adults; cash and checks are accepted. Admission is free for children and students ages 2-21.

In addition to the winter concert, the group will be participating in holiday caroling throughout the Winona community on Monday, Dec. 7.

WAYS members are students in grades four through eight from Winona and the surrounding areas. WAYS is the official youth choir of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. WAYS is dedicated to providing quality, artistic and educational vocal music experiences for all young people, regardless of their financial circumstances.

WAYS is tuition-free to all students in the 2009-10 academic year, courtesy of a grant from Saint Mary’s University Friends of the School of the Arts. Registration and placement auditions to join WAYS for semester II are Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

For more information, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu or call Ext. 5501.

Film, presentation about Palestine offered Dec. 9

The public is invited to a video and presentation about Palestine at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Salvi Lecture Hall.

The free event will begin with a half-hour video about the Free Bethlehem Campaign. The movie discusses the highly controversial Israeli West-Bank barrier, a network of fences with vehicle-barrier trenches. Following the video, Dr. Dorothy Diehl, associate professor and chair of the Modern/Classical Languages Department, will make a presentation about her visit to Palestine in the fall of 2008. Diehl will also give an update on conditions in Bethlehem.

The Free Bethlehem Campaign, sponsored by the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights, works to educate Americans about the current situation in Bethlehem.

Let’s Do Lunch sponsored by Cabinet today

The next Let’s Do Lunch fundraiser will be sponsored by the Cabinet between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 4. A soup and salad menu is planned. The Volunteer Committee will provide desserts, plates, silverware and water. All faculty, staff and administration are invited to this fund-raising event, held in the Common Room. Funds from the “Let’s Do Lunch” events are given to the Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

Student art on display at SMU through Dec. 11



This relief print by Brianna Nelson is one of several pieces on display for the 2009 Undergraduate Art Show at Saint Mary’s University. The show is not limited to art majors, but is open to any SMU art student. A variety of artwork is on display Thursday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Dec. 11, in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sister Margaret Mear at mmear@smumn.edu.


A True Fighter” by Mariana Sanchez is part of the 2009 Undergraduate Art Show at Saint Mary's University. The show, currently on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, includes photographs, drawings, sculptures and prints. The exhibit will run through Dec. 11 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, contact Sister Margaret Mear at mmear@smumn.edu.

McCullough to perform ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’


Ken McCullough, Academic Advising, PASS program, and Winona’s new Poet Laureate, will perform Dylan Thomas’s classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” in the Common Room, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the English Department and MUSE.

SMU jazz combos to perform at Acoustic Café Dec. 13


WINONA, Minn. — Two student jazz workshop combos, directed by Dr. John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven of the Saint Mary’s University Music Department will present a free concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Acoustic Café in Winona.

This event will feature student musicians who have been playing together all semester. The performance serves as their “final exam.” They'll be playing well-known jazz standards by composers like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis, as well as some unique hybrid arrangements of popular jazz tunes blended with familiar Christmas tunes by Heukeshoven.

Area high schools advance in High School Challenge

The Saint Mary’s High School Challenge preliminary season finished Saturday, Nov. 21, with Round 1C. High School Challenge is the longest-running, locally produced television program showcasing area schools in an educational forum. Participating schools come from Eastern Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa.

The following schools competed in October and November and are moving on to the Consolation Championship Saturday, Dec. 5: Bangor’s red team, Holmen’s white team, Blair-Taylor, Youth Initiative I, Aquinas, Cotter’s white team, DeSoto, and Decorah’s red team. Moving on to the Super Challenge Feb. 13 are: Cotter’s blue team, Riceville (Iowa), Decorah’s blue team, Logan’s red team, Lewiston-Altura, Regis’ green team, Holmen’s maroon team and West Salem’s black team.

During the first rounds of competition, teams that win their afternoon game return for the Consolation Championship games. Teams that win their morning and afternoon games return for the Super Challenge Championship. The final eight games of the tournament are taped at SMU and televised on Fox 25 La Crosse and Fox 48 Eau Claire.

High school students receive scholarships to Saint Mary’s for participating in High School Challenge.

For more information, contact Nicole Witt Gerdes, High School Challenge coordinator, at Ext. 1761 or ngerdes@smumn.edu.

Oldie Moldie All-Stars take third at Treasure Island


The Oldie Moldie All-Stars took third in the Treasure Island Battle of the Bands in Red Wing on Saturday, Nov. 28. Third prize was $1,000. A pool of 25 bands from throughout Minnesota was narrowed to six through online voting. The Oldie Moldies would like to thank SMU for its support.

Students perform Monday in Theatre Showcase

The Department of Theatre and Dance will conduct the annual Theatre Showcase Monday, Dec. 7. This particular showcase features several musical theatre performances (Matthew Gorgone, Joanna Mills, Nora Richards, Bryan Moore, Michelle Cullen), four senior showcase performances (Curtis Kempton, Bernadette Raspante, Caitlin Murphy, Alison Fisch), and the display of seven portfolios (listed below).

The showcase will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall. Portfolios will be on display in the Ben Miller Lobby beginning at 7 p.m., as well as after the performance. All are welcome!

Senior theatre majors portfolios include:
• Alison Fisch (acting and musical theatre performance)
• Curtis Kempton (acting)
• Caitlin Murphy (acting and costume design)
• Bernadette Raspante (directing, stage management and acting)
• William Ronchak (theatre management/arts administration)
• Timothy Schmall (lighting design)
• Danielle Steube (directing)

Next ‘Brown Bag it @ the Fitz!’ scheduled for today

“Feeding the Hungry Mind: RSS Feeds in Library Databases” is the title of the next “Brown Bag it @ the Fitz” event, scheduled for 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to set up an RSS feed from library databases to access the latest research or follow your favorite journal directly from your e-mail or an RSS reader. Grab your lunch and come to the McEnery Center main lounge. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Winners of Kabara contest announced

The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies congratulates Catherine McDonald, Santiago Escobar and Paul Mleczko, the top prize winners in the recent Elevator Pitch competition. Contestants were asked to create an idea for a business and a speech that would convince another person to invest in that business. The speech was only 60 to 90 seconds long, the length of an elevator ride. The participants proposed a variety of new businesses, ranging from a holiday decorating service to a fast-food establishment to a web-based music business. A total of $500 in prizes was distributed to the participants.

Another round of the elevator pitch competition will be held in Spring 2010, in addition to the annual business plan competition. The Kabara Institute will also offer a series of hands-on workshops to help students from all majors develop their ideas for start-up businesses into complete business plans. Questions about the competitions or the workshops should be directed to Teresa Speck at Ext. 1449.

Entrepreneurship students raise money for WAHS

WINONA, Minn. — Students from the Saint Mary’s University entrepreneurship class sold specially designed T-shirts this fall to raise money for the Winona Area Humane Society. Students pictured include, from left, Jake Lechner, Kathleen Pawlowski, Dave Dahlstrom, Lindsey Quinn and Emily Merchlewitz. Their professor, Jana Schrenkler, fourth from left, presented WAHS volunteers Karen Kryzsko, fourth from right, and Tammy Vondrasek, right, with a gift card for office supplies. Also pictured are Trixie and Al Przybylski, dog handler.

The 20-member class raised $600 for the WAHS with the sale of the first annual Cardinal Pride T-shirt, designed by students. With the proceeds, the class was able to purchase a $400 gift card from Office Depot and reimburse the WAHS $200 for the large animal steps shown. This project — a lesson in social entrepreneurship — is part of the business department’s focus on promoting and supporting the university’s new entrepreneurship major. Each semester, students choose a local non-profit organization in which to donate funds from their class-run business. If you would like to nominate a local non-profit organization to benefit from next semester’s entrepreneurship business, please contact Jana Schrenkler at jschrenk@smumn.edu or (507) 457-1491.

M.Ed. Leadership Team research paper accepted

Dr. Roger Peckover, Suzanne Peterson, Pat Christiansen and Brenda Fischer, members of the Development Team of the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.), have had their research accepted for presentation at the 2010 annual meeting of the America Research Association in Denver, Colo. The paper, titled “Teacher Development with the Spirit-in-Mind: Building A.G.A.P.E. into Professional Communities of Practice,” reports results from an ongoing case study of a structured master degree program helping teachers bring Lasallian, spirit-centered, inner life work into productive relationship with their daily teaching.

The two-year program brings teachers together for collaborative inquiry into their relationship with the spirit of agape as expressed in five dimensions of teaching practice represented by the acronym A.G.A.P.E. Teachers utilize qualitative methodological processes including sacred inquiry, hermeneutics, self-study and action research to examine their teaching life in practice. Results of the ongoing programmatic study reveal teacher insights into creating a unified life as a teacher, bringing spirit and teaching praxis into holistic relationship. Teacher challenges in the development process and implications for professional teacher development are discussed.

Jackson and Peckover have research paper accepted

Dr. David Jackson and Dr. Roger Peckover of the M.Ed. program have had their research accepted for presentation at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the America Research Association in Denver, Colo. The paper, titled “Lives of Teachers in Communities of Practice: The Ecology of Partnering for Change in the Workplace,” reports results from an ongoing case study of a structured master degree program collaborating with a school district to build a culture of teacher inquiry, teacher leadership and empowered communities of practice among teachers within the district. Results of the ongoing collaborative efforts reflect how the design of district-tailored experiences impact teachers’ lives across two years. Implications for helping higher education programs, districts and teachers engage their workplace communities are discussed.

Biology students receive Tribeta research grants

Five Saint Mary’s University biology students were awarded the National Biology Honor society Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation research scholarships including, from left: Brianna Braun, Angela Lager, John Fox, Ashley Loos and Hilary Framke.

Five biology students were awarded the National Biology Honor society Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation research scholarships. Each student submitted a proposal for his or her senior research project outlining the objectives of the research and a budget.

The students, their projects and their research advisors are:

• Hilary Framke, “Physiological responses to crude extract of Noturus gyrinus pectoral spine toxin,” Dr. Randy Krainock, advisor;
• Ashley Loos, “The response of Micropterus salmides to venom produced by Noturus gyrinus,” Dr. Krainock, advisor;
• John Fox, “The effects of tissue isolation from the fins of Noturus gyrinus on Leponis gibbosus and Mus musculus,” Dr. Jeanne Minnerath, advisor;
• Brianna Braun, “Determining the paternity of Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuaria) in the bluffs around Winona,” Dr. Phil Cochran and Dr. Debra Martin, advisors;
• Angela Lager, “Genetic variation between and within local populations of timber rattlesnakes, Crotalus horridus,” Dr. Martin and Dr. Cochran, advisors.

Dr. Martin is the Beta Beta Beta faculty advisor.

Kowles to publish fourth book titled, ‘Genetics Everywhere’

Dr. Dick Kowles, professor emeritus in biology, will soon have another book published. He has entered a contract with Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y., to publish a recently completed book called “Genetics Everywhere.” This is a trade book written for the general public that explains the many ways in which genetics is connected to our everyday life. The book is scheduled to be out in late 2010. This is the fourth book that Kowles has written. The first three were, “Genetics, Society, and Decisions,” “Solving Problems in Genetics” and “School.” Kowles has started working on his next book.

Voice mail system to be changed over Christmas break

SMU’s current voice mail system — purchased in 1995 — is no longer maintained by the manufacturer. A replacement system has been purchased, based on more up-to-date technology.

While it works slightly differently, it provides much of the same functionality. It also allows voicemail messages to be forwarded to e-mail. The IT staff is working on creating voicemail boxes, student name dial entries and voice menus. They hope to move to this system over Christmas break; staff will be able to access this system for testing and training in the near future.

Employee changes

New Employees:
• Stephen Ohs, Dec. 1, 2009, Twin Cities Tech Services librarian
• Julie Kirsch, Nov. 24, 2009, Twin Cities administrative assistant

Leaving:
• Natalie Novacek, Nov. 30, 2009, Twin Cities, M.A. in Education administrative assistant

Reminder: next week is last ‘Campus Notes’ before break

Because of the Christmas and New Years holidays, next week is the last ‘Campus Notes’ for the year. Look ahead on your calendars. The deadline for the Dec. 11 issue is Wednesday, Dec. 9. The following issue will be Jan. 8. The deadline for that issue will be Jan. 6.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Administration, staff invited to First Generation Initiative presentation

Administration and staff are invited to learn more about the First Generation Initiative, a new initiative that will provide access and support for students who are the first member of their family to go to college, or a first generation immigrant student on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Brother Ed Siderewicz is asking the SMU community to be in on the ground floor of shaping and this initiative.


Receptions are planned for 9 a.m. with donuts and coffee or 4 p.m. with cheese, crackers and wine. RSVPs are due to Ext. 1503 by Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Saint Mary’s University choirs to present ‘Lessons & Carols’

The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir will present their annual holiday tribute, “Lessons and Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The performance — a celebration of Advent and the Nativity through song and spoken word — will be held at Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, located on the Saint Teresa campus.

Music will include familiar carols, as well as selections by a variety of composers from Renaissance to the present.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Saint Mary’s Concert Band holiday concert is Dec. 6


The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will hold its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Page Theatre.

Musical selections include classic Christmas favorites such as “O Holy Night,” Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride.”

After the concert, the audience is invited to join the band in the Miller Lobby for a Christmas cookie reception with more music, presented by SMU band members.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Box Office, ( Ext. 1715), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org. Tickets are also available at the door.

For more information, contact Dr. Heukeshoven at jheukesh@smumn.edu.

Students art on display through Dec. 11



This relief print by Brianna Nelson is one of several pieces on display for the 2009 Undergraduate Art Show at Saint Mary’s University. The show is not limited to art majors, but is open to any SMU art student. A variety of artwork is on display Thursday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Dec. 11, in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sister Margaret Mear at mmear@smumn.edu.


A True Fighter” by Mariana Sanchez is part of the 2009 Undergraduate Art Show at Saint Mary's University. The show, currently on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, includes photographs, drawings, sculptures and prints. The exhibit will run through Dec. 11 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, contact Sister Margaret Mear at mmear@smumn.edu.

Miles Johnston to highlight SMU jazz concert Dec. 4


The Saint Mary’s University jazz ensembles, under the direction of Dr. John Paulson, will present a full evening of rhythm and swing, featuring jazz vocalist and cornet player Miles Johnson on Friday, Dec. 4.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre, located in SMU’s Performance Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Dance Repertory Company Presents winter showcase

The Dance Repertory Company II and Young Choreographer’s Winter Showcase will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 10th and Vila streets.

The Winter Showcase presents the DRC II MCA’s junior performing troupe, featuring students ages 5 to 12 showing off their talents in ballet, modern and hip hop. MCA high school students and Saint Mary’s dance minor students will present their own works.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children and students ages 2-21. Tickets are available in the main office at Valéncia. For more information, contact Jen at 453-5500.

Winona Area Youth Singers plan winter concert Dec. 6

The Winona Area Youth Singers will present a winter concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 10th and Vila streets.

The youth choir will present a variety of choral material including folk songs and modern compositions. WAYS members are students in grades four through eight, under the direction of Lindsy O’Shea.

Admission is $10 at the door; children and students ages 2-21 are admitted for free. For more information, call Jen at 453-5500.

Psychology symposium planned for Dec. 3

Saint Mary’s will host a Psychology Symposium on Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 3:15 p.m. in Salvi Hall.

Student research posters from Research Methods class and collaborative research labs will be presented.

Internship integration students will be integrating their summer internship experiences with relevant literature in oral presentations.

SMU Oldie Moldies to perform at Signatures Nov. 21


Catch dinner and a show with the Oldie Moldie All-Stars on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Visions Event Center.

Rock along to your favorite ’50s, ’60s and ’70s tunes while you enjoy a menu of house salad, pan-seared Canadian walleye fillet, wild rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, caper tarter sauce, rolls and butter, and a root beer float.

The Oldies are members of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Saint Mary’s. The group consists of 10 talented and engaging singers and band members. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.; the Oldies will perform two sets, one at 6:30 p.m., and a second at 7:45 p.m.

The price for the dinner and show is $30 per person. Call Signatures at 454-3767. Payment is accepted at time of reservation. A chicken or pasta option is available by reservation.

Visions Event Center is located at Signatures Restaurant, 22852 County Road 17 in Pleasant Valley.

Oldie Moldie All-Stars to compete at Treasure Island

The Oldie Moldie All-Stars won the opportunity to perform in the Treasure Island Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.ticasino.com/eventcenter or at the box office at 1-877-849-1640.

Gardner earns All-America honorable-mention honors




For junior Sarah Gardner (Rochester, Minn.), the volleyball season came to a close with a 3-1 loss to Washington University in St. Louis in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Central Regional.

The awards season, however, is still in full swing.

Gardner, already named to the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team and the AVCA Central Region First Team — not to mention the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team — collected yet another post-season honor Tuesday, as the junior right side hitter earned AVCA Honorable-Mention All-America honors.

Gardner closed out the season as SMU’s kill leader with 386 (3.16 kills per set). She appeared in all 122 sets, boasting a .272 attack percentage, 55 service aces, 197 digs, 58 blocks and 75 assists.

Her efforts helped guide the Cardinals to a 22-10 overall record and their first NCAA tournament berth since the 2000 season.

Upcoming play has many SMU connections

“East Side Story,” a play by Lynn Nankivil, an undergraduate and graduate alum of Saint Mary’s, will be performed Nov. 20-22 at the Historic Masonic Theatre, 255 Main St., Winona.

Produced by Theatre du Mississippi, “East Side Story” is about spring in Winona in 1918. It is directed by Daniel Munson, who will teach a course in the SMU Department of Theatre and Dance next spring. Fluffy Blake, Performance Center production manager, will serve as technical director and lighting designer. Ken McCullough, assistant director of Academic Advising, director of PASS and a lecturer in English, will be performing in the play. Additionally, SMU senior Fallon Devine is the production’s dance coach.

All 15 cast-members are from the area. The play will be staged at the Historic Masonic Theater using some of the magnificent 100-year-old theatrical drops.

The play concerns the immigrant families of Polish and German descent who lived in Winona at the time of America’s entry into World War I. When Roman Valasek, son of a Polish patriot, falls in love with Juliet Schultz, whose father’s nephews fight in the German army, it is “Romeo and Juliet” all over again in 1918 Winona. It’s a story of many Winona families and a tale filled with love, war ... and baseball!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and are available at Bluff Country Co-op, the Bookshelf and Midtown Foods, or online at www.tdmwinona.org.

Library’s ‘Brown Bag It’ to be held today

The library’s next “Brown Bag It” session is 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 20, in the McEnery Center Lounge. Participants should bring their own lunches. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

The topic this month will be the “New Kids on the Block,” the new databases. Highlights will include Britannica, health databases (including access to a new H1N1 hot line), new education sources, OCLC’s offerings for faculty research, and an opportunity to tell librarians what databases you need or want.

Food Service vendors on campus Dec. 3

SMU will be hosting five food service vendors on campus as part of a vendor review and bid process. The five vendors, including Chartwells, our current food service provider, will attend a meeting and a tour of the related facilities on the Winona and Saint Teresa campuses.

Let’s Do Lunch sponsored by Cabinet Dec. 4

The next Let’s Do Lunch fundraiser will be sponsored by the Cabinet between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. A soup and salad menu is planned. The Volunteer Committee will provide desserts, plates, silverware and water. All faculty, staff and administration are invited to this fund-raising event, held in the Common Room. Funds from the “Let’s Do Lunch” events are given to the Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

Sign up now for Lasallian heritage discussion groups

Anyone who is interested in signing up for Lasallian Heritage discussion groups should sign up before Monday, Nov. 23. Even if you did not respond earlier, you can still join in a heritage discussion group of interest to you and at a time that fits your schedule.

The chart below lists the group leaders, the topics for discussion and the approximate time of day each group will be meeting. Anyone interested in joining a group (even if you have already sent in a preference form) should go to the following link and register: http://forms.smumn.edu/sitepages/pid3986.php.

Group leaders will contact their members to set up a date for the initial meeting. As a reminder, there will be four scheduled meetings throughout the year, with each discussion being approximately one hour in length. Join your colleagues in learning more about our Lasallian Catholic Heritage!

• Nikki Fennern, Lasallian Origins, Morning Group.
• Patrick Barlow, Ann Merchlewitz, Lasallian Origins, Tuesdays at noon.
• Beth Seebach, Richard Tristano, Lasalllian Pedagogy, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays.
• Dan Bucknam, Jane Anderson, Lasalllian Pedagogy, noon.
• Karen Sorvaag, Scott Sorvaag, Lasallian Pedagogy Tuesday p.m.
• Angel Weisbrod, Roger Peckover, Lasallian Spirituality, any morning before 9 a.m.
• Kathy Pederson, Bob Fisher, Lasallian Spirituality, Noon on Tuesdays.
• Patrick O’Shea, Mark Barber, Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.
• Tom Marpe, Teresa Speck, Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Tuesdays, 3:15 p.m.
• Tom Mans, Catholic Social Tradition, Wednesday or Friday at noon.

Nominations being taken for benefit recipient

The student committee is seeking nominations for a beneficiary for the 10th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance.

The nominated person must be affiliated to the university.

Forms are available through Katie LaPlant or Jason Richter and are due Thursday, Dec. 3.

This year's dance is scheduled for Saturday, March 20.

CNN report on Gaza student features Brother Bob Smith

CNN has done an update on the situation with Bethlehem University student Berlanty Azzam. The piece features an interview with Brother Bob Smith, former VP for mission and currently a vice president at Bethlehem University.

To view the video clip, go to www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/10/31/west.bank.college.student/index.html

Christmas cookie orders due by Thanksgiving break

The Junior class has taken over the Christmas cookie fundraiser from Volunteer Services.

Cookie forms are due to Dan Streefland via e-mail, djstre07@smumn.edu or by mail to Box 867, before Thanksgiving break.

Reminder: No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ next week. The next issue will come out Friday, Dec. 4. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Dec. 2. Look ahead on your calendars.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Women's volleyball team advances to NCAA semifinals

The SMU women's volleyball team had a 3-1 victory over Thomas More in the opening round of the NCAA Central Regional at Washington (Mo.) University Thursday. They now advance to the Central Region semifinals at 7 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 13, where they face off against Washington University. Check out the latest news and photos at www.saintmaryssports.com.

Page Series brings swing music to Saint Mary’s stage Nov. 19


Enjoy a night of energetic swing music combined with lively storytelling during the next Page Series performance of Five By Design: Club Swing on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Travel back in time beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre. Minneapolis-based Five By Design enchants audiences by deftly blending music and theatrics.

The swing era comes to life at the mythical “Club Swing” nightclub in the Hotel Crosby. As the nightclub faces a wrecking ball, Joe Sullivan, the club’s former mixologist, must do something to save the club.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and are available at the box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Make your evening an event: enjoy a pre-show dinner — catered by Chartwells — in the President’s Room. Dinners can be reserved when purchasing tickets. Dinners are $22 for adults and $14 for children.

SMU students to stage ‘The Crucible’ Nov. 12-15

The historical events surrounding the infamous witchcraft trials of Salem, Mass., will be portrayed in the Department of Theatre and Dance production of “The Crucible.”

This intense play, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, includes a large, energetic cast under the direction of Larry Gorrell, former SMU dean of the School of the Arts. Show times are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Page Theatre.

This two-act drama explores how Americans respond to non-traditional and unconventional behavior and how it is so easy to turn our backs on those who differ from us. Also evident in this extraordinary work — still relevant for today — is Miller’s perspective on the way the elders, religious leaders and lawmakers handle the gripping situation.

The 21-member cast includes five students from Rose Bruford College, located outside of London. These students — American Theatre majors — are studying abroad at Saint Mary’s in 2009-10.

SMU faculty and staff members can receive two free tickets for any Theatre and Dance Department or Music Department event. Contact the box office for more information.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

SMU Oldie Moldies to perform at Signatures Nov. 21


Catch dinner and a show with the Oldie Moldie All-Stars on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Visions Event Center.

Rock along to your favorite ’50s, ’60s and ’70s tunes while you enjoy a menu of house salad, pan-seared Canadian walleye fillet, wild rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, caper tarter sauce, rolls and butter, and a root beer float.

The Oldies are members of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Saint Mary’s. The group consists of 10 talented and engaging singers and band members. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.; the Oldies will perform two sets, one at 6:30 p.m., and a second at 7:45 p.m.

The price for the dinner and show is $30 per person; reservations can be made now through Nov. 19 by calling Signatures at 454-3767. Payment is accepted at time of reservation. A chicken or pasta option is available by reservation.

Visions Event Center is located at Signatures Restaurant, 22852 County Road 17 in Pleasant Valley.

Oldie Moldie All-Stars to compete at Treasure Island

The Oldie Moldie All-Stars won the opportunity to perform in the Treasure Island Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.ticasino.com/eventcenter or at the box office at 1-877-849-1640.

Senior class auction ends today

The senior class will be holding its annual silent auction from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 13, in the Toner Center Game Room. The auction began yesterday.

Auction items include gift certificates to area businesses, crafts and home decorations, jewelry, gift baskets, dinner packages, four club-level tickets to a Wild hockey game and much more.

Alums to speak about franchises at Kabara event

Learn how franchising opportunities can make you a fortune during the next Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies event, “For Sale: Franchises” Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The event — open to the entire SMU community — will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Toner Student Center lounge.

Thirteen years ago, SMU alums Don ’80 and Donna ’80 Aleksy founded True Vision Enterprise, a multi-million-dollar company affiliated with Tupperware. While students at Saint Mary’s, the Aleksys discovered their love of entrepreneurship. They formed their company based on their vision of what they wanted for their family and future. Learn about potential entrepreneurship ventures such as franchises during an interactive presentation by the Aleksys.

Go Red to Get Ahead labeled a success

More than 150 students visited SGPP information tables during this year’s Go Red to Get Ahead day, and 77 of these requested more information on graduate programs. Undergraduate faculty and staff who attended faculty and staff sessions presented by Gena Bilden and Rebecca Hopkins provided good feedback, and event organizers hope more undergraduate faculty and staff can attend these sessions in the future.

SGPP program directors visited with many eager students in classes and were pleased with the questions and excitement these students had.

Iron Chef winners announced


This year’s Iron Chef Competition raised about $500 for the Gaza student scholarship.

There was a tie for first place between Team Librarians and Team Diehl. Team Seminarians came in second place, and Team Kim Riley came in third.

If you couldn’t attend but would like to send a donation toward the scholarship, please contact Dorothy Diehl.

Kendall to perform at benefit concert, Lake City festival

Chris Kendall, vice president for Student Development, will perform at a benefit concert and silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 14. The concert is in honor of Rod and Shirley Steiner, who began the reconciliation process between the Dakota people and the people of Winona.

The benefit will feature LightWalker and Chris Kendall & the Coulee Kings, in Winona State University’s Somsen Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Children under 12, accompanied by their parents, will be admitted for free.

A silent auction begins at 6 p.m.; Kendall and the Coulee Kings perform from 7 to 8 p.m.; a video tribute to the Steiners begins at 8 p.m.; and Lightwalker performs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Proceeds go to the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are fully tax-deductible. A portion of the amounts paid for silent auction items will also be tax-deductible.

Kendall will also play at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at “Film and Folk Music from Winona” at Oak Center near Lake City. The performance will begin after Joyce Woodworth’s film about Vietnam, “The Journey Home.”

MCA offers contemporary dance workshops

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts welcomes back guest artist Jeffrey Peterson for a weekend of contemporary dance workshops for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12
and older. The two days of workshops will include classes in modern, jazz, yoga, contemporary partnering and a men’s class for male students.

The workshops run 4 to 9 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 13, and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Tuition is $70 for female students (seven classes) and $90 for male students (nine classes.)

For more information about the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, contact Jennifer TeBeest at 453-5500 or e-mail mca@smumn.edu.

Kabara Institute invites students with business ideas

The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is announcing the “Business Idea Elevator Pitch Competition.”

Students are invited to create an idea for a new business and explain that idea in 60-90 seconds at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 409. After the presentation, participants will submit a written script of the short speech. This is not a PowerPoint presentation, but rather an explanation of a business idea. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Students should notify Teresa Speck, Business Department, if they intend to participate by Monday, Nov. 16. Each participant should send his or her name, e-mail address and business name to tspeck@smumn.edu.

Performance Center receives grant from state arts board

The Minnesota State Arts Board awarded an additional grant to Saint Mary’s to support the Performance Center’s general operating budget.

This additional grant, in the amount of $16,970, is in addition to a previous award of $11,876 and will be paid to SMU in two installments, one in February and the other in April.

This is a two-year grant. Next fiscal year, the Performance Center expects a total additional award of $28,846. The two-year total award for general operating support will be more than $57,000.

Upcoming play has many SMU connections

“East Side Story,” a play by Lynn Nankivil, an undergraduate and graduate alum of Saint Mary’s, will be performed Nov. 20-22 at the Historic Masonic Theatre, 255 Main St., Winona.

Produced by Theatre du Mississippi, “East Side Story” is about spring in Winona in 1918. It is directed by Daniel Munson, who will teach a course in the SMU Department of Theatre and Dance next spring. Fluffy Blake, Performance Center production manager, will serve as technical director and lighting designer. Ken McCullough, assistant director of Academic Advising, director of PASS and a lecturer in English, will be performing in the play. Additionally, SMU senior Fallon Devine is the production’s dance coach.

All 15 cast-members are from the area. The play will be staged at the Historic Masonic Theater using some of the magnificent 100-year-old theatrical drops.

The play concerns the immigrant families of Polish and German descent who lived in Winona at the time of America’s entry into World War I. When Roman Valasek, son of a Polish patriot, falls in love with Juliet Schultz, whose father’s nephews fight in the German army, it is “Romeo and Juliet” all over again in 1918 Winona. It’s a story of many Winona families and a tale filled with love, war....and baseball!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and are available at Bluff Country Co-op, the Bookshelf and Midtown Foods, or online at www.tdmwinona.org.

Event offers opportunity to remember loved ones

In November we remember in a variety of ways our loved ones who have died and are no longer with us. Students and other SMU community members who are grieving loved ones as the holiday season approaches are invited to an evening of remembrance and thanksgiving at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Presidents Room.

The program will consist of several opportunities to reflect on and commemorate loved ones through readings, music, and a time for sharing of memories, stories and gratitude for the gift of our loved ones. Handouts that provide suggestions for coping with grief during the holiday season will be available.

The program is sponsored by Campus Ministry and Counseling Services. Contact Ann Gibson at Ext. 1773 or agibson@smumn.edu, or Lynn Streefland at Ext.7329 or lmstreef@smumn.edu for more information.

Ropes course open to campus Saturday

This Saturday, Nov. 14, the SMU Challenge Ropes Course will be offering a day on the ropes to the SMU community.

Tickets will be available for purchase in the Toner Center Wednesday and Friday at lunch. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. All proceeds will go toward the purchasing of outdoor recreation equipment for SMU. Each ticket buys the opportunity to try up to five different high elements on the Challenge Ropes Course between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can also be purchased by sending a check with your name and campus box number to box number 1490. Be sure to make the check out to SMU and indicate it is for “day on the ropes” in the memo line. Call Ext. 1490 with any questions.

Library’s ‘Brown Bag It’ moved to Nov. 20

The library’s “Brown Bag It” session has been moved forward a week to enable more people to attend. The new session will be from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, in the McEnery Center Lounge. Participants should bring their own lunches. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

The topic this month will be the “New Kids on the Block,” the new databases. Highlights will include Britannica, health databases (including access to a new H1N1 hot line), new education sources, OCLC’s offerings for faculty research, and an opportunity to tell librarians what databases you need or want.

SMU community invited to Irish ceili class

The Saint Mary’s Irish ceili dance class invites the public to its class ceili, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Acoustic Café. Local musicians will be on hand to provide the tunes. A variety of ceili dances will be done, and everyone will be encouraged to join in the fun. The ceili will be directed and called by Kate Flanagan, associate professor in the Theatre and Dance Department.


Fox to give presentation on Lasallian formation

The Faculty Development Committee, in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, is sponsoring a sabbatical presentation by Dr. Mary Catherine Fox at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Presidents Room.

Dr. Fox currently is a professor of interdisciplinary studies, teaching courses in the Lasallian Core Traditions general education program. Her sabbatical was a Lasallian study sabbatical (January - June 2009) focused on Lasallian formation.

Jazz notes

Swing Inc. will play today, Friday, Nov. 13, between 7 and 10 p.m. at Signature’s Restaurant.

Employee changes

New:

• Samantha Karsten, Nov. 9, Twin Cities website editor.
• Timothy Rothe, Oct. 29, assistant director of Campus Safety.
• Neil Leibundguth, Nov. 12, Admissions e-counselor.

Weisbrod certified as health and wellness coach

Angel Weisbrod RN- C, MA, Student Health director, has been granted certification as a health coach and wellness coach through Wellcoaches Corporation.

This training and certification, endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, integrates principles and tools from behavioral psychology, positive psychology, motivational interviewing, social cognitive theory, self-determination theory, constructive development and relational cultural theory and is consistent with the International Coach Federation’s core coaching competencies.

Through this training, the coach assists clients in the development and implementation of personal health and wellness plans, thereby enabling the individual to achieve a high level of health and well-being.

Biebel to speak at conference

Bob Biebel, associate director of the Hendrickson Institute, will speak at the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association Statewide Equity and Multicultural Education Conference at St. Norbert College on Thursday, Nov. 19. Biebel will co-present, “The Pelaton Network: Turning All Students into Leaders.”

Butson, Scoville awarded CFRE designation

CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) International has named Jennifer Butson and Katrina Scoville as Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE). Butson and Scoville, leadership gift officers in the Development and Alumni Relations Office, join over 5,400 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International that include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. Initially, candidates must pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive.

“The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner,” states Susan Davies Goepp, CFRE, chair of CFRE International.

Blue Angel 2009 a success

The Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha would like to thank the Saint Mary’s community for their overwhelming support of Blue Angel 2009. More than 600 people enjoyed this year’s performances. Thanks go to everyone who helped make Blue Angel a success.

Sympathy to Luedtke family

Merton Severud, father of Melissa Luedtke, assistant professor of education, died on Thursday, Oct. 22. Cards of condolence can be sent to campus box 23.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Luedtke family.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Page Series brings swing music to Saint Mary’s stage Nov. 19


Enjoy a night of energetic swing music combined with lively storytelling during the next Page Series performance of Five By Design: Club Swing on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Travel back in time beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre.

The swing era comes to life at the mythical “Club Swing” nightclub in the Hotel Crosby. As the nightclub faces a wrecking ball, Joe Sullivan, the club’s former mixologist, must do something to save the club.

From the frenetic-paced opening of Benny Goodman’s “Bugle Call Rag” to the show’s blockbuster finale of Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing,” Club Swing celebrates the songs, events and personalities that defined American popular culture during the swing era. Whether performing their seductive arrangement of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine,” the madcap parody of Spike Jones’ “Cocktails for Two,” or the lush romance of Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa,” Minneapolis-based Five By Design enchants audiences by deftly blending music and theatrics.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Make your evening an event: enjoy a pre-show dinner – catered by Chartwells – in the President’s Room. Dinners can be reserved when purchasing tickets. Dinners are $22 for adults and $14 for children.

SMU students to stage ‘The Crucible’ Nov. 12-15

The historical events surrounding the infamous witchcraft trials of Salem, Mass., will be portrayed in the Department of Theatre and Dance production of “The Crucible.”

This intense play, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, includes a large, energetic cast under the direction of Larry Gorrell, former SMU dean of the School of the Arts. Show times are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Page Theatre.

One of the greatest plays of the 20th century, “The Crucible” revolves around Reverend Samuel Paris and members of his household involved in allegedly practicing witchcraft during an era when individuals were tortured and put to death for mere insinuations of such involvement. This two-act drama explores how Americans respond to non-traditional and unconventional behavior and how it is so easy to turn our backs on those who differ from us. Also evident in this extraordinary work — still relevant for today — is Miller’s perspective on the way the elders, religious leaders and lawmakers handle the gripping situation.

Authentic period costumes are designed by guest artist Jason Lee Resler, who has designed costumes for the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Lanesboro’s Commonweal Theatre, and the University of Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

The 21-member cast includes five students from Rose Bruford College, located outside of London. These students — American Theatre majors — are studying abroad at Saint Mary’s in 2009-10.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Character designer on campus Friday


Los Angeles character designer Chris Ayers will be on campus today, Friday, Nov. 6, to speak to students and to attend the gallery closing.

Ayers and Maureen Costa, an Arizona sculptor, are displaying work at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries through Nov. 11.

Ayers’ film credits for character design include “Star Trek XI,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Fantastic Four,” “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Men in Black 2.”

In the spring of 2005 Ayers was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer. One year later, he started a sketchbook and drew one animal each day for a year to help with his healing process. His SMU show, “The Daily Zoo,” includes a variety of these sketches — published in the book, “The Daily Zoo: Keeping the Doctor at Bay with a Drawing a Day.”

His new book, “The Daily Zoo: Year Two” has gone to press and will be available this winter. An illustration of the new cover can be found at http://chrisayers.blogspot.com.

While on campus, Ayers will give an illustrated lecture at 1:30 p.m. in Room 156 of Saint Joseph’s Hall. Art students have been invited; there’s limited space for others who are interested in hearing this presentation.

The closing reception is 4 to 6 p.m. at the galleries. Copies of “The Daily Zoo” will be available for purchase. Have them signed by the artist! Children are invited as well. A portion of the proceeds is used to support cancer-related charities and research.

SMU Oldie Moldies to perform at Signatures Nov. 21


Catch dinner and a show with the Oldie Moldie All-Stars on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Visions Event Center.

Rock along to your favorite ’50s, ’60s and ’70s tunes while you enjoy a menu of house salad, pan-seared Canadian walleye fillet, wild rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, caper tarter sauce, rolls and butter, and a root beer float.

The Oldies are members of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Saint Mary’s. The group consists of 10 talented and engaging singers and band members. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.; the Oldies will perform two sets, one at 6:30 p.m., and a second at 7:45 p.m.

The price for the dinner and show is $30 per person; reservations can be made now through Nov. 19 by calling Signatures at 454-3767. Payment is accepted at time of reservation. A chicken or pasta option is available by reservation.

Visions Event Center is located at Signatures Restaurant, 22852 County Road 17 in Pleasant Valley.

Alums to speak about franchises at Kabara event

Learn how franchising opportunities can make you a fortune during the next Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies event, “For Sale: Franchises” Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The event — open to the entire SMU community — will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Toner Student Center lounge.

Thirteen years ago, SMU alums Don ’80 and Donna ’80 Aleksy founded True Vision Enterprise, a multi-million-dollar company affiliated with Tupperware. While students at Saint Mary’s, the Aleksys discovered their love of entrepreneurship. They formed their company based on their vision of what they wanted for their family and future. Learn about potential entrepreneurship ventures such as franchises during an interactive presentation by the Aleksys.

SMU staff, students attend sustainability conference



Jason Richter, assistant dean for Leadership, Service and Activities; Andy McLees, associate Resident Life director; Mary Gleich, Student Senate president; Brenda Welscher, Student Senate vice president for Campus Life; and Chris Kendall, vice president for Student Development;attended a conference at the University of Notre Dame titled, “Renewing the Campus, Sustainability and the Catholic University” on Oct. 9-11.

Forty Catholic colleges and universities sent 280 representatives to the three-day conference.

The conference addressed a multiplicity of approaches to environmental issues at Catholic institutions of higher learning including those of theologians, scientists, sustainability practitioners, student activists and clergy. The aim of the conference was to address theological implications of climate change as well as the ethical implications viewed through the lens of Catholic Social Thought, with a focus on opportunities for Catholic universities to assume leadership roles on stewardship of creation and environmental justice both within academic and faith communities.

Kendall to perform at benefit concert, Lake City festival

Chris Kendall, vice president for Student Development, will perform at a benefit concert and silent auction — in honor of Rod and Shirley Steiner, who began the reconciliation process between the Dakota people and the people of Winona — on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The benefit will feature LightWalker and Chris Kendall & the Coulee Kings in Winona State University’s Somsen Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Children under 12, accompanied by their parents, will be admitted for free.

A silent auction begins at 6 p.m.; Kendall and the Coulee Kings perform from 7 to 8 p.m.; a video tribute to the Steiners begins at 8 p.m.; and Lightwalker performs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Proceeds go to the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are fully tax deductible. A portion of the amounts paid for silent auction items will also be tax deductible.

Kendall will also play 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at “Film and Folk Music from Winona” at Oak Center near Lake City. The performance will begin after Joyce Woodworth’s film about Vietnam, “The Journey Home.”

Heukeshoven can be heard on MPR’s ‘Art Hounds’

A. Eric Heukeshoven, instructor of music, can be heard on this week’s installment of “Art Hounds” on Minnesota Public Radio. The program features regional arts enthusiasts describing events they believe deserve wider recognition.

The program airs on MPR’s Thursday edition of “All Things Considered” at various times.

The audio and an accompanying story can be found at:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/arthounds.

Results of costume contest announced


The winners of the first SMU faculty/staff costume contest were Campus Ministry, Student Development and Student Activities as “The Wizard of Oz.” Competition was fierce. A total of $248.20 was raised for the first Let’s Do Lunch “Boo”fet. The President’s Cabinet will host a Let’s Do Lunch on Dec. 4. If your department or office would like to host a “Let’s Do Lunch” second semester, contact Laurie Haase at Ext. 1464.

This fall the SMU Volunteer Committee will use funds from the “Let’s Do Lunch” events for Volunteer Services Food Shelf, and “Jeans for a Cause” funds will go toward student assistance, especially first generation students.

Iron Chef competition Nov. 8 to raise money for scholarship

The second annual Iron Chef Competition will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in the dining hall. All proceeds will support a scholarship that will enable a student from Gaza to attend Bethlehem University.

Teams of four will create a main dish and dessert for judges and fans to enjoy. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to create teams. Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff and $3 for students and children. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the game room.

Senior class asks for donations for silent auction

Each year, the senior class holds a silent auction that provides funding for Senior Week, the Senior Formal Dance and many other gatherings and activities throughout the year. This year’s Silent Auction will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13.

In past years, the Silent Auction has been one of the most successful fundraisers for the senior class. Donations are needed to help make this event a success. Past donations have included gift certificates, all expense paid trips, electronics, clothing and other merchandise.

Cash donations will be pooled to purchase merchandise at local businesses.

Donations can be mailed to: Jason Richter, Box 45. For more information, call (507) 456-3961 or e-mail lpkapl06@smumn.edu.

Faculty, staff invited to Blue Angel Nov. 6-7

The Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha cordially invite the members of the faculty and staff to Blue Angel 2009. This year’s performances are today, Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 and 10 p.m. To receive a complimentary ticket to the show of your choice, contact Bob Fisher at Ext. 6647 or Box 21.

MCA offers contemporary dance workshops

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts welcomes back guest artist Jeffrey Peterson for a weekend of contemporary dance workshops for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12
and older. The two days of workshops will include classes in modern, jazz, yoga, contemporary partnering and a men’s class for male students.

The workshops run 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Tuition is $70 for female students (seven classes) and $90 for male students (nine classes.)

For more information about the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, contact Jennifer TeBeest at 453-5500 or e-mail mca@smumn.edu.

Kabara Institute invites students with business ideas

The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is announcing the “Business Idea Elevator Pitch Competition.”

Students are invited to create an idea for a new business and explain that idea in 60-90 seconds on either Thursdays Nov. 12 or 19 at 3:30 p.m., in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 409. After the presentation, participants will submit a written script of the short speech. This is not a PowerPoint presentation, but rather an explanation of a business idea. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Students should notify Teresa Speck, Business Department, if they intend to participate by Monday, Nov. 9, for the Nov. 12 presentation and by Monday, Nov. 16, for the Nov. 19 presentation. Send your name, e-mail address and business name to tspeck@smumn.edu.

Michael Flanagan’s play to be presented in Oak Park, Ill.

SMU Professor Emeritus Michael Flanagan’s play “Posthumorous” will be presented at the Village Players in Oak Park, Ill., on Nov 12-15, and Nov. 19-22.

“Posthumorous” is a comedy about a man who planned his afterlife and the afterlife he never planned.

For more information or to order tickets, go to www.village-players.org/season.htm.

Village Players is a professional non-equity theatre.

To read more, go to www.triblocal.com/Oak_Park_&_River_Forest/view.php?sub_id=113322&action=detail&type=stories.

Employee changes

Leaving:

Tom Zolondek, assistant director, Campus Safety, Oct. 29.

Dance minor information available today

A dance minor informational meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 6, in Room 317 of Saint Mary’s Hall. All current dance minors, as well as any undergraduate students interested in the dance minor program, are strongly encouraged to attend. Overall curriculum will be discussed, as well as opportunities for performing and attending conferences. For more information, contact Tammy Schmidt, dance minor program coordinator, at Ext. 5502, or tschmidt@smumn.edu.

MCA seeks instrumental lesson instructors

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s, is seeking instrumentalists to teach private lessons for the spring 2010 semester.

Instructors will be responsible for establishing a lesson time, meeting with students, and planning exercises and repertoire to help students improve their performance. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a pedagogy or teaching methods course and two years private instrument study. Instructors must have access to reliable transportation.

Instructors will be compensated $12 per half- hour lesson; students will register for 5 or 10 half-hour lessons in the semester. MCA does not guarantee that all instructors contracted will have students for the semester; teaching load depends upon student interest.

Send resumés or curriculum vitaes, including two references, to: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Attention Christine Martin, 1164 West 10th Street Winona, Minn. 55987 or e-mail cmartin@smumn.edu. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30. For more information, contact Martin at Ext. 5501.

Admission hosts back-to-back overnight event

On Friday through Monday, Nov. 6-9, the Office of Admission is hosting its first ever back-to-back overnight event. Friday’s overnight guests will be a group of students from the Twin Cities, and Sunday’s guests will be a group of students from Chicago.

Eighty high school juniors and seniors are registered between the two trips. Both groups will be touring campus, attending classes, staying with student ambassadors, participating in a faculty and faculty/staff panel, eating in the cafeteria, etc.

Friday’s group will enjoy Blue Angel, while Sunday’s group will be checking out the bowling scene in Winona! If you run into the group, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and project a little Saint Mary’s kindness!

Overnights are a big part of the college decision for most students. A successful overnight is not possible without the efforts of current students who host prospective students. Ambassadors are freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active on campus and positively represent SMU. For more information, contact Aubrey Hollnagel, visit coordinator and director of Ambassadors.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

SMU students to stage ‘The Crucible’ Nov. 12-15

The historical events surrounding the infamous witchcraft trials of Salem, Mass., will be portrayed in the Department of Theatre and Dance production of “The Crucible.”

This intense play, written by Arthur Miller in 1953, includes a large, energetic cast under the direction of Larry Gorrell, former SMU dean of the School of the Arts. Show times are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Page Theatre, located in the Performance Center.

One of the greatest plays of the 20th century, “The Crucible” revolves around Reverend Samuel Paris and members of his household involved in allegedly practicing witchcraft during an era when individuals were tortured and put to death for mere insinuations of such involvement. This two-act drama explores how Americans respond to non-traditional and unconventional behavior and how it is so easy to turn our backs on those who differ from us. Also evident in this extraordinary work — still relevant for today — is Miller’s perspective on the way the elders, religious leaders and lawmakers handle the gripping situation.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Jazz Ensemble to perform at University Jazz Night

The WSU Jazz Band
The SMU Jazz Ensemble

Don't miss University Jazz Night at Jefferson Pub and Grill 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Hear the SMU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. John Paulson, and the Winona State University Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Rich MacDonald. There is no cover charge. For information, call Jefferson's at 452-2718 or Dr. John Paulson at Ext. 1596.

The SMU musicians will perform “Smack Dab in the Middle,” featuring Ryan Ballanger on tenor sax; “Keep the Stick,” featuring Tom Briese on trombone; “The Nasty Blues,” featuring several student soloists; and the high-energy jazz standard “Blue Skies.”

‘Go Red to Get Ahead’ Nov. 3 to raise awareness of SGPP

SMU’s Schools of & Professional Programs (SGPP) will hold an all-day campus-wide event
to increase awareness of over 50 graduate and professional programs offered in Winona, Minneapolis, Rochester, Apple Valley, Minnetonka, Greater Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The event, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, offers students the opportunity to:
• explore the benefits of continuing their education at SMU;
• learn about SMU’s graduate and bachelor completion programs;
• learn how to achieve a master’s degree while working in the field; and
• Win Target gift cards, iTunes gift cards and SMU gear.

Winona campus faculty and staff are invited to a morning session from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Presidents Room. Refreshments will be provided.

An afternoon brown bag session will be held noon to 1 p.m. in the Presidents Room. Dessert will be served.

For more information, call (612) 728-5100 or (866) 437-2788.

Walk of Horror runs through Saturday

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

The 13th annual hair-raising fundraiser for the softball team will take place from 7-10 p.m. tonight and Saturday, Oct. 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 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 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 1,100 brave souls took the 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.

Go to Educause 2009 without leaving campus

On Nov. 4-6, faculty and staff are invited to join members of the Saint Mary's Information Technology Department at EDUCAUSE 2009 Online, a virtual conference for IT professionals in higher education that explores the key issues impacting our institutions today, from understanding emerging technologies to the role that IT can play in developing collaborative, transformative learning environments.

The online conference includes a series of virtual presentations, including keynote addresses from Lawrence Lessig, Brenda Gourley, and Brad Wheeler, expert discussion sessions and streamed point/counterpoint sessions.

Participants will be watching the presentations as a group; however, there are opportunities to interact with fellow participants through chat and discussion boards, helping to drive home key ideas and lay the groundwork for future collaborations.

Saint Mary's Hall Room 8 (Training Lab) has been reserved for this event. The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Full schedule details are located at www.educause.edu/E2009/Online/Program. Note that the times on the web agenda are all listed in Mountain Time.

While participants are welcome to come and go as the topics you are interested in arise, please note that only one presentation can be viewed at a time.

If you are interested in a particular session, contact Sarah Bearbower (sbearbow@smumn.edu) with that information. All sessions will be recorded and available after the Educause Online event.

SMU Oldie Moldies to perform at Signatures Nov. 21


Catch dinner and a show with the Oldie Moldie All-Stars on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Visions Event Center.

Rock along to your favorite ’50s, ’60s and ’70s tunes, while you enjoy a menu of house salad, pan-seared Canadian walleye fillet, wild rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, caper tarter sauce, rolls and butter, and a root beer float.

The Oldies are members of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Saint Mary’s. The group consists of 10 talented and engaging singers and band members. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.; the Oldies will perform two sets, one at 6:30 p.m., and a second at 7:45 p.m.

The price for the dinner and show is $30 per person; reservations can be made by calling Signatures at 454-3767. Payment is accepted at time of reservation. The reservation deadline is Nov. 19. A chicken or pasta option is available by reservation.

Visions Event Center is located at Signatures Restaurant, 22852 County Road 17 in Pleasant Valley.

Biology, Computer Science departments co-host seminar

The Biology and Computer Science departments will be co-hosting a seminar at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in Hoffman Hall, Room 112.

The speaker, Harry D. Rowland, co-founded Endotronix in June 2007. He currently serves as Endotronix’s Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for strategic planning and execution of technology development, overseeing all engineering operations.

He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.A. in economics from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2002.

Dr. Rowland has been active in research and development of micro- and nanotechnology fabrication methods for the past seven years. His projects have led to invited research at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico and Trinity College, Ireland, where he co-developed local temperature-controlled instrumented nanoindentation for the study of polymer manufacturing processes on the molecular scale. Dr. Rowland has authored or presented over 15 conference and journal papers in internationally recognized peer-reviewed publications such as Science and Nano, among others.

The title for his talk is “Engineering Challenges & Biology: A Closer Look at Implantable Wireless Sensor Development.”

Ayers to sign books at closing reception Nov. 6

"Octopus" by Chris Ayers
"Genesis" by Maureen Costa
Chris Ayers, a Los Angeles character designer, and Maureen Costa, an Arizona sculptor, will display their work through Nov. 11 at Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Ayers’ film credits for character design include “Star Trek XI,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Fantastic Four,” “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Men in Black 2.” In the spring of 2005, Ayers was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer. One year later, he started a sketchbook and drew one animal each day for a year to help with his healing process. His SMU show, “The Daily Zoo,” will include a variety of these sketches — now published in the book, “The Daily Zoo: Keeping the Doctor at Bay with a Drawing a Day.”

In “Contemplation,” Costa will display work that serves as a metaphor about the religious imagination, reincarnation and the changing states of consciousness. Her pieces, carved from basswood, have a bulbous shape, from which she is able to create a “moment of blissful liberation.” Costa says that humanity is in a constant state of changing and metamorphosis, and she aspires to reflect that change in her work.

A closing reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the galleries. Ayers will be present for the show’s closing to sign his book, which will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from “The Daily Zoo” is used to support cancer-related charities and research.

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.