Thursday, August 27, 2009

College Convocation scheduled for Sept. 1

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the College Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday, Sept. 1. These events mark the official opening of the academic year at the undergraduate College. The Convocation will begin at 11:15 a.m. in the gymnasium. Mass will follow in St. Thomas More Chapel at 12:10 p.m. Staff members should clarify with their respective supervisors whether or not a particular office may be closed during the Convocation.

Brother Charles Kitson, FSC, will be the guest speaker. His talk is titled “GOOGLING GOD: A Lasallian Search.” The impetus for his presentation is the book, “GOOGLING GOD: Religious Landscape.” He will be using the Gospel challenge to follow Christ by getting out of our “boats” — within a Lasallian context.

Brother Charles currently serves as the Institute’s Secretary for the Lasallian Family and Association. This position finds him traveling around the Lasallian world fostering and animating lay partners to greater participation in the charism of the founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle. He will coordinate the many Lasallian Volunteer movements around the world as well as mentor the newly formed group known as “Young Lasallians.”

The truncated class schedule is:

7:45-9 a.m. classes meet 7:45-8:45 a.m.
9:15-10:30 a.m. classes meet 8:55-9:55 a.m.
10:45 a.m. to noon classes meet 10:05-11:05 a.m.
12:15-1:30 p.m. classes meet 1:40-2:35 p.m.
1:45-3 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.

SMU collaborating to bring special education to Palestine

Brother Robert Smith, Dr. Jane Anderson and Rebecca Hopkins participated in the first national conference on special education.

On Aug. 5, Rebecca Hopkins, dean of the Graduate School of Education, and Dr. Jane Anderson dean of the School of Education, traveled to Ramallah, Palestine to participate in seminar work sessions and the first ever national conference on special education.

The project director, Dr. Sami Basha, Department of Education faculty member at Bethlehem University, invited Saint Mary’s to collaborate on this ground breaking initiative of developing the first teacher preparation program in special education in Palestine.

Prior to this visit, curriculum and program structure of our newly launched M.A. in Special Education was shared with Dr. Basha and his team. The basic structure of this master’s degree has now been developed, and continued work on curriculum writing and assessment planning will be next. Brother Robert Smith, vice president of Academic Affairs at Bethlehem University, was also present at the conference in Ramallah to support this initiative and the collaboration between the two universities.

For more information, go to www.bethlehem.edu/index.php.

Saint Mary’s awarded grant for women in mathematics series

The National Science Foundation has awarded Saint Mary’s a $10,890 grant for a Women in Mathematics Colloquium Series, to be held over the next two years.

The support from this grant provides the funds for the Mathematics and Statistics Department to continue an annual colloquium highlighting successful women mathematicians and to support undergraduate travel to national conferences.

Organizers hope that through these events, high school and college-aged students will become engaged and inspired by the opportunities and challenges presented to women in the ever-progressing field of mathematics.

“This series encourages the recent upward trend of women in mathematics at Saint Mary’s and introduces undergraduate and high school women to role models who are not only successful in their mathematical profession, but also in their lives,” said Kevin Dennis, chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department. “This project intends to keep inspiring women to pursue terminal degrees in mathematics and also to enhance the SMU mathematics community.”

Theology Department receives grant

The Winona campus Theology Department won a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Theology and Religion on the project “Teaching and enabling spiritual formation for Catholic undergraduate students interested in serving others through the Church.”

This grant funded a workshop held Aug. 17 on assessing how the three primary theology majors (Theology, Pastoral and Youth Ministry, and Religious Education) have met the spiritual formation guidelines required in the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Student self-assessment skills and practices throughout life, and how to provide greater student-awareness of the spirituality, vocation and appropriate role(s) of lay ministry in the Catholic Church were also discussed. Participants included Theology Department faculty, the director of Campus Ministry, and the rector of Immaculate Heart of Mary seminary. The grant was written and is being administered by Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust, Theology.

Fiddling poet Ken Waldman to perform Sept. 8

In a unique fusion of music and verse, Ken Waldman, “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet,” will perform 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Saint Mary’s.

This event, free and open to the public, will be held in the President’s Room.

Waldman combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his own. Waldman has published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist (“Are You Famous?”), and seven CDs. Since 1994, he’s worked full-time as “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet,” performing at some of the nation’s leading universities, festivals, art centers and clubs — including Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Event sponsors include Academic Affairs and Student Activities Offices, and the English Department.

For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Ayers at cayers@smumn.edu or Ext. 1523.

MinnPost founder to discuss newspaper industry Sept. 15

Joel Kramer, founder, editor and CEO of MinnPost.com, will discuss the changes taking place in today’s newspaper industry on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Kramer founded an online newspaper seen by some observers as a model that might succeed while traditional print newspapers fall by the wayside. His presentation, “The collapsing business model for journalism: What's next?” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Kramer served as the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 1983 to 1991 and as publisher and president from 1992 to 1998. In summer 2007, Kramer launched MinnPost.com, a nonprofit online newspaper with a mission “to provide high-quality journalism for news-intense people who care about Minnesota.” The site features high-quality video and audio, as well as written stories and commentary pieces.

As Matt Snyders of City Pages said in a March 2, 2009 article, “the ink-stained community went abuzz.” Snyders continued, “For an industry wracked by massive layoffs and plummeting ad revenue, any news not involving job loss was a good thing.”

MinnPost.com has garnered quite a bit of attention as both critics and supporters have questioned whether this type of nonprofit journalism — one that aims to eventually break even with the support of corporate sponsors, advertisers and donations from members — can thrive in today’s struggling newspaper climate.

In a report for the Nieman Journalism Lab, Kramer wrote, “A lot of pixels are being spilled these days reflecting on the future of newspapers, news, journalists, and journalism. I spent my career in newspapers, first as a journalist and later as a publisher, and I left when the business was financially near its peak. With the for-profit model now shriveling, I’ve spent the past 16 months trying to build one example of what might be coming next—a not-for-profit enterprise providing high-quality regional journalism on the web.”

A question-and-answer period will follow Kramer’s presentation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Schild, at Ext. 1753 or sschild@smumn.edu.

Inaugural Young Alumni Weekend is Sept. 11-13

Graduates from the last decade have been invited back to campus for the inaugural Young Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 11-13.

As part of the weekend, a Faculty/Staff & Young Alumni Social is planned for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Toner Center Lounge.

Former students often express their interest in reconnecting with faculty and staff. Please make plans to attend! To see a compete schedule of events, as well as a list of the young alumni who are planning to attend, go to www.smumn.edu/youngalumniweekend.aspx.

To RSVP, call the Alumni Office at alumni@smumn.edu or Ext. 1499.

Saint Mary’s ranked by U.S. News, Forbes and Princeton

• U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges has ranked Saint Mary’s in its “Best National Universities” survey for 2010. The annual listing of more than 1,400 schools is available online at www.usnews.com.

Saint Mary’s is ranked in the third tier of the 262-school U.S. News “National Universities” category. The third tier includes schools ranked 134 through 190 and is not ranked numerically.

The “National Universities” category includes 164 public and 98 private institutions from across the U.S. that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees.

• Forbes.com’s 2009 list of “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Saint Mary’s as No. 230 out of 600 of “the best public and private colleges and universities —from the student's point of view.”

The second-annual ranking of “America's Best Colleges,” compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, ranks 600 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve.

The list can be found at www.forbes.com/lists/2009/94/colleges-09_Americas-Best-Colleges_Rank.html.

• Saint Mary’s University is one of 158 schools receiving the “Best in the Midwest” designation for 2010 from the Princeton Review, a national college guide and ranking program.

Each year, the Princeton Review profiles colleges and universities that “stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning.” The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.

The 639 colleges named regional bests (217 in the Northeast, 141 in the Southeast, 158 in the Midwest, and 123 in the West) represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For more information, go to www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

Faculty, staff needed to deliver Meals on Wheels

Faculty and staff drivers are needed for Meals on Wheels. Volunteers are asked to make a one-hour commitment on any Friday during first semester. Sign up with Katie LaPlant, kalaplan@smumn.edu.

New Student Volunteer Day draws 75

More than 75 new students volunteered on Monday, Aug. 24, for New Student Volunteer Day. For two hours, the students helped local non-profits in the community and cleaned up Gilmore Creek. This was a new addition to New Student Orientation, and Volunteer Services was excited to see the tremendous turnout. If you have students who are interested in volunteering, or you if you require volunteering for a class project, contact Katie LaPlant, kalaplan@smumn.edu, for assistance.

Volunteer Services gets grant from Campus Compact

Volunteer Services received a $350 Grant from Campus Compact as recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service mini-grant, administered by Minnesota Campus Compact on behalf of North Carolina Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Other recipients include Gustavus Adolphus College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Concordia University, Lake Superior College, North Hennepin Community College and Normandale Community College.

In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity for service organizations to recruit new volunteers.

Highland receives Tegrity President’s Award

During a summer user conference, Tegrity, provider of the leading class capture web service for higher education, announced that Dr. Jeffrey Highland was one of the winners of the Tegrity Innovation Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding achievements in higher education technology on campuses throughout the United States.

Honorees were chosen from a broad spectrum of colleges and universities and were honored at a special awards luncheon in San Francisco. Awards were presented to both individuals and institutions, recognizing performance milestones achieved during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Dr. Highland, who retired this summer as provost, received the President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and advancement of the student-centered vision of Saint Mary’s, which reported 6,307 new faculty recordings during the past year, close to 40,000 student views and more than 10,000 student-viewing hours.

Charron named chair of Minnesota State Arts Board

Michael J. Charron, dean of the School of the Arts, has been named chair of the Minnesota State Arts Board.

He was appointed to the state arts board by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2008.

“This is an especially important year for the State Arts Board and our Regional Arts Councils,” said Charron. “The arts is a billion-dollar industry in our state. We are talking about an industry that not only enriches lives, but is also vital to our state’s economy. With the recent passage of the constitutional amendment to support our natural resources and cultural heritage here in Minnesota, I feel a great responsibility to make sure that those tax dollars are spent in the most efficient and effective way possible for the good of all Minnesotans throughout our state.”

The Minnesota State Arts Board attempts to enrich the quality of life in Minnesota by making the arts accessible to all citizens, nurturing creative activities, encouraging the development of innovative forms of artistic expression and preserving the state’s diverse artistic heritage. The board provides grants and services to individual artists, arts organizations, schools, colleges and universities, communities and other organizations that sponsor arts activities. The board is made up of 11 members appointed by the governor. One member is selected from each of the state’s eight congressional districts; three members represent the state at large. Members serve four-year terms.

Herzog and Kuczma named new trustees

Two new members have been named to the board of trustees.

Bill Herzog ’70 of Apple Valley, Minn., is a founder and managing partner of Course Charters, LLC. Course Charters provides a variety of management consulting services to small and mid-sized organizations. He is past president of the SMU Alumni Board and served on the most recent presidential search committee.

Linda Kuczma ’78, J.D., of Park Ridge, Ill., has more than 25 years experience in the practice of intellectual property law. She practices in the Chicago offices of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

Additionally Mary Ann Remick of Rochester was appointed to an additional five-year term. Remick has served on the board since 2004, and chaired the most recent presidential search committee.

Brother Michael Collins ’59, FSC, Saint Paul; Lyle Delwiche, Minneapolis; and Oscar Straub ’52, St. Louis, completed 20 years of service on the board. Delwiche and Straub were named Trustees Emeriti by the board in recognition of their service. John Ehlert ’67, Wayzata, completed his 10-year term on the board, and Timothy Horan ’70, Plymouth, completed his five-year term on the Board.

Saint Mary’s art show titled ‘A History of the Plains’

St. Cloud artist David Sebberson is exhibiting a portion of his on-going series, “A History of the Plains,” through Sept. 27 at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Sebberson began his series after visiting what was left of his family farm and noticing that the farm buildings that once dotted the landscape were “burned, bulldozed and buried beneath high-yield fields whose ever increasing economic productivity has been erasing the immigrant culture I grew up in, a harvest of forgetfulness at 150 bushels per acre.”

Sebberson currently chairs the St. Cloud State University Department of Art.

A closing reception for the artist will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the galleries.

Admission is free and open to the public, and gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call Ext. 1652.

SMU license plates available

In March of 2009, the State of Minnesota began offering Saint Mary’s license plates. For a small annual contribution fee, you can support the Minnesota Scholarship Fund and show your Cardinal pride. Details about the program, including how to order SMU license plates, can be found on the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles website at www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/PlBrochure/plateframe.htm.(Once there, click on “Collegiate Plates” on the left).

Conservatory offers tuition-free youth choir


Kate Dulak and Alexa Akre participated last year in WAYS (the Winona Area Youth Singers) — a tuition-free youth choir for students in grades four through eight, offered by the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is beginning its 2009-2010 season of WAYS (Winona Area Youth Singers), a new youth choir for students in grades four through eight.

In response to the current economic climate, MCA is waiving WAYS tuition for any and all students who desire to participate this year. This tuition waiver is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the School of the Arts.

WAYS seeks to nurture the talent of students who have been introduced to choir/music in their elementary, middle, or junior high schools and who seek additional educational and performance opportunities in vocal music.

WAYS members will participate in two concerts per year, a winter concert on Dec. 6 and a spring concert yet to be announced. Additionally, WAYS members will also participate in a special mentorship program with SMU choirs, and will perform at nursing homes, malls, and charitable events, as well as go holiday caroling.

WAYS is directed by Lindsy O’Shea, music adjunct lecturer.

Registration for WAYS will be accepted at the MCA registration open house, Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the ValĂ©ncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St. WAYS will meet weekly on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. throughout the MCA first semester (Sept. 14 – Dec. 7). Placement auditions will be held on the first Monday session on Sept. 14.

For more information about WAYS or MCA’s other performing arts programming, visit: www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, or call Ext. 5500.

Area musicians invited to join Saint Mary’s Concert Band

Community member Eric Johnsrud rehearses with the SMU Concert Band. Area musicians are invited to the first rehearsal Wednesday, Aug. 26. Brass players are especially needed.

The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, founded in 1990 as a college-community partnership ensemble, is looking for members.

Advanced-level high school students and adult community musicians are welcome to join the SMU collegiate musicians to perform a wide variety of wind band music.

Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, professor of music, directs both the Concert Band and the select Wind Ensemble.

The Concert Band rehearses 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 6:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The Wind Ensemble rehearses 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

The band’s first performance this year will be for Family Weekend, Sept. 26. The second planned concert will be a traditional Christmas concert with small ensembles performing for the lobby party on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6.

Auditions will be held today, Aug. 28, through Sept. 2. There are openings in most sections; brass players are especially needed this fall!

Contact Dr. Heukeshoven at Ext. 1675 or jheukesh@smumn.edu for additional information.

Library open house is Sept. 3

Fitzgerald Library’s third annual open house, “Puttin’ on the Fitz” will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the lower level of the McEnery Center. Refreshments will be served.

Season tickets for Page Series on sale until Sept. 18

Individual tickets for the 2009-2010 Page Series — now in its 23rd season — are now on sale. A full season of performing arts from around the world begins Oct. 2.

New this year, you may still purchase season tickets for the Page Series through Sept. 18 online, by phone, or in person. Purchase tickets for just three events and receive 10 percent off your total ticket cost. Returning subscribers are eligible for a 25 percent discount.

Whether you enjoy classical ballet, Irish music, family-friendly theatre, tap, swing or Canadian folk, the Page Series delivers again this year. Order online at www.pagetheatre.org, by phone at Ext. 1715, or at the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteer committee funds to help food shelf, students

The SMU Volunteer Committee has raised funds through its ice cream socials for an employee fund relief, designated to help employees in crisis. This fall the committee will use funds from the “Let's Do Lunch” and “Jeans for a Cause” fundraisers for student assistance, especially first generation students, and the local food shelf.

Dr. Mccallum receives Best Paper Award

Dr. Shelly Mccallum, SMU Business Department, and her co-author Dr. Monica Forret from St. Ambrose University received the Career Division Best Applied Paper Award at the 2009 Academy of Management conference held in Chicago this summer. Their paper titled “The Relationship of Networking Behaviors to Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment” is a paper derived from Dr. Mccallum’s dissertation. The Academy of Management conference is international in scope with 8,000 participants from 75 countries.

Spartz presents at CCUMC webinar

On Aug. 5, Jason Spartz, Multimedia and Information Technology support manager, participated in a webinar on the practical comparisons of lecture capture systems, hosted by the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC). The webinar centered around the implementation of rich media course capture systems on campus; practical recommendations and the comparisons of three major systems: Accordent, Tegrity, and Camtasia Relay.

SMU faculty to speak at webinar about Tegrity

Join faculty and staff to learn the strategy that drove the Tegrity initiative and how Tegrity increases efficiencies and improves grades during a webinar 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Four faculty members within STEM programs (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics and Statistics) will provide insights and share how they are using Tegrity to enhance curriculum within a liberal education experience. They’ll also share the reasons why they believe Tegrity’s lecture capture service is so important to Saint Mary’s programming and how it became so widely adopted.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Chad Kjorlien, director of Instructional Technology and director of the Center for Learning and Teaching; Dr. Paul Weiner, associate dean for Mathematics and Sciences; Dr. Debra Martin, professor of biology; Dr. Jaime Mueller, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Henry Leckenby, assistant professor of physics; and Jason Spartz, IT - Multimedia and Information Technology and Support manager

Go to www.tegrity.com/webinars.html for more information.

Barlow presents at PTEC convention

Dr. Patrick Barlow, director of college assessment, presented “Assessment: Leveraging Results for Improvement of Learning and Program Accountability” at the annual Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC) Convention, held July 9-11, in Spokane, Wash.

Learning objectives included recognizing the multiple purposes of learning outcomes assessment as they pertain to pharmacy technician training, identifying how learning outcomes assessment strategies may apply to attendees’ courses and/or programs’ needs, and formulating an approach to assessing the learning outcomes using the ideas from the presentation.

Jazz notes

John Paulson and the Miles Johnston Quartet will perform 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 28 at the Canadian Honker Restaurant, Rochester.

John Paulson and Swing Inc. will perform 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Jefferson Pub and Grill, Winona.

Kendall to perform at folk festival Aug. 29

Chris Kendall, vice president for Student Development, will perform at the Great River Folk Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He will perform original songs on the “Originals II Stage” at 1:15 p.m. and “Song Writer’s Stage” at 2:45 p.m. See more information at www.greatriverfolkfest.org.

This summer, Kendall also finished a second album titled “Let's Take a Walk.”

Employee changes

New employees
• Kenneth Solberg, Twin Cities - director of Doctor of Psychology, Sept. 1
• Elizabeth Throop, dean of humanities, Sept. 1, 2009
• Yasin Alsaidi, Twin Cities - director of Admission, Aug. 18
• Jeffrey Amundson, assistant professor of psychology, Aug. 17
• Rose Beal, assistant professor of theology, Aug. 17
• Daniel Olsen, assistant professor of theology Aug. 17
• Kristen Sellke, assistant professor of math and statistics, Aug. 17
• Jenna Freudenberg, assistant women’s basketball coach, Aug. 1
• Patrick Jacobsen, assistant baseball coach, Aug. 1
• Brother Edmund Siderewicz, special assistant to the President for first generation and Lasallian initiatives Aug. 1
• Ryan Egan, athletics, assistant hockey coach, Aug. 1
• Tennie McCabe, athletics/grad assistant, hall director, July 20
• Laura Rothe, grad assistant - hall director, July 20
• Abby Kingsley, Twin Cities - administrative assistant, Student Services, July 7
• Carrie Brooks, Twin Cities - reference/instruction librarian, July 6
• Vicky Strommen, Twin Cities - Rochester recruiter, July 6
• Nicole Peters, associate director, Residence Life, June 24
• Jane Storck, Twin Cities - administrative assistant, Financial Aid, June 23
• Dean Furlong, Twin Cities - security guard, June 23
• Valford Kelly, Twin Cities - security guard, June 17
• Taiwo Adewale, Twin Cities - security guard, June 17
• Lynda Sullivan, Twin Cities - program director, Wisconsin education, June 1
• Andrea Essar, director - Campus Safety, May 25

Leaving
• David Bernard, director, PDI, Aug. 26
• Sarah Kay, Admission counselor, Aug. 26
• Becky Copper, Twin Cities - director of Admission, Aug. 14
• Kevin Hennessy, PDI program development specialist, Aug. 14
• Alana Neil, Twin Cities - Marketing and Communication coordinator, July 24
• Jacquelyn Austin, Twin Cities - administrative assistant
• Brian Grieger, Twin Cities custodian, June 30
• Jessica Bare, associate director, Residence Life, May 31
• Travis Bare, interim director of Campus Safety, May 31
• Sandra Beth, librarian, May 31
• Gerald Briggs, Twin Cities program director, Industrial Technology, May 31
• Linda Bruner, secretary, M.Ed., May 31
• Michelle Cochran, associate director, reading, May 31
• Karen Fischer, Twin Cities director, Wisconsin education, May 31
• Nicholas Hall, assistant women’s basketball coach, May 31
• Jeffrey Highland, provost, May 31
• Nykol Johnson, Twin Cities reference librarian, May 31
• Bethany Jorgensen, grad assistant, hall director, May 31
• James Laumeyer, Twin Cities site coordinator, N.E. Minnesota, May 31
• Diana Miller, director of advancement services, grants, May 31
• Susan Miner, secretary, M.Ed., May 31
• Thomas Peart, athletics, assistant men’s hockey coach, May 31
• Christina Pruka, secretary, Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, May 31
• Gretchen Pyle, Twin Cities - reference librarian, May 31

Team SMU participates in Goodview Gallop


Congratulations to the SMU Goodview Gallop team for placing 13th out of 21 teams on Saturday at the 30th annual Goodview Gallop 5-K run in support of the American Cancer Society. The following 13 SMU employees participated including: Jeff Hefel, Dean Beckman, Stacy Popp, Jim Vogel, Paul Weiner, Peggy Johnson, John Schollmeier, Dorothy Diehl, Tina Pozanc, Mandy Pearson, Tori Ehlert, Jenna Freuderby, and John Paulson.

Thanks go to Cindy Marek for sponsoring the team again this year. Everyone is invited to join the team next year in supporting this worthy cause of battling cancer.

Sympathy to McDonald family

Edward Brown, father of Vicki McDonald, Study Abroad, Assessment, and Career Services, died Saturday, Aug. 22, in Stockton, Minn.

Cards of condolence can be sent to McDonald at Campus Box 51. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the McDonald family.

Let us know so we can share

Whenever you have news to share, call Deb Nahrgang, director of communication-Winona, at Ext. 6966 or e-mail dnahrgan@smumn.edu. The venues we use to share the good news about Saint Mary’s include “Campus Notes,” internal e-mails, news pitches to media, press releases, the alumni magazine, university e-newsletters, brochures, the website and more.