Thursday, October 22, 2009

Catholic high school scholarship announced

Saint Mary’s has established the Diocese of Winona Catholic High School Scholarship. Beginning this year, each graduate of Cotter High School, Lourdes High School, Loyola High School and Pacelli High School is eligible to receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend SMU.

The scholarship guidelines are:
• The student must attend as a full-time undergraduate on the Winona campus.
• The scholarship is renewable for an additional three consecutive years, provided the student remains in good academic and disciplinary status (bringing the total amount awarded over four years to $8,000).
• The scholarship may be used to study at an SMU internship or study abroad site.
• The scholarship may be combined with other SMU merit and need-based grants and scholarships, as well as with governmental grants.

For more information, contact Tony Piscitiello at Ext. 1700 or

Lasallian Week of Peace activities continue

Carlos Lumbí, a singer/songwriter from Leon, Nicaragua, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Toner Student Center Lounge.

The Office of Campus Ministry concludes its Lasallian Week of Peace this weekend. The theme of the week is “solidarity in peace as Lasallians across the globe.” Events — several of which are open to the public — will touch on many contemporary issues including immigration, genocide, war, personal peace and the expression of peace through music. Events will engage several different groups and organizations on campus.

The schedule includes:

Today, Friday, Oct. 23 — The Common Threads Clothing Drive kicks off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room B of the Toner Student Center. Gently used clothing and footwear for men, women, youth and infants will be available. A fashion show, featuring donated clothing, will begin at 4 p.m. The cost is 50 cents per item or $3 per bag, and all proceeds will go to the Dan Corcoran Catholic Worker House.

The Peace and Justice Fair Trade Friday will be held from 7:30-11 a.m. on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall at the foot of the stairs. Fair Trade coffee and tea is free, but donations are accepted. Please bring your own mug to reduce waste.

Carlos Lumbí, a singer/songwriter from Leon, Nicaragua, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Toner Student Center Lounge. His lyrics cover a range of topics, focusing on Central American social and environmental justice issues, and his musical style is folk/trova. Lumbí has also set to music poems by Gioconda Belli, Ernesto Cardenal and Francisco Ruiz Udiel, among others. Along with his own music, Lumbí performs songs by friends from Nicaragua who also sing of a deep desire for social, economic and environmental justice in Nicaragua.

Students will be raising awareness about the millions of people who do not have adequate shelter to sleep during Habitat for Humanity’s Shack-a-thon. Students will be sleeping outside in cardboard boxes from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the Plaza.

Saturday, Oct. 24 — The Common Threads Clothing Drive continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room B of the Toner Student Center.

Saint Mary’s community members will be volunteering as part of Make a Difference Day throughout the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25 — The Common Threads Clothing Drive concludes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room B of the Toner Student Center.

Liturgies are planned at 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel.

Jazz Ensemble to perform at University Jazz Night

SMU jazz musicians
WSU jazz musicians

Don't miss University Jazz Night at Jefferson’s 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.”

First Women in Mathematics speaker scheduled for Monday

As part of the Women in Mathematics Colloquium, Dr. Catherine Crawford of Elmhurst College will speak at SMU on Monday, Oct. 26.

The title of her presentation — scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall — is “Stripes, Squares and Oscillons: An introduction to mathematical modeling and pattern formation.”

Patterns appear everywhere in the world — zebra stripes, hexagonal honeycombs, spiral arrangements of sunflower seeds, and the periodic ups and downs of population sizes due to seasonal migration. Dr. Crawford’s presentation will describe how a pattern can be represented mathematically and how basic knowledge of functions and derivates can help determine when and where the patterns will exist.

Analytical and numerical results will be compared with experimental observations. Finally, the connection between the underlying pattern and observation of a single, isolated pulse, called an oscillon, will be described.

A reception for Dr. Crawford will begin at 4 p.m.

This colloquium is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to encourage women to study mathematics.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Dennis at or Ext. 6650.

Public invited to reception for McCullough Tuesday

Ken McCullough is congratulated as Winona's new Poet Laureate by Bonnie Breza.

A reception for Ken McCullough, Academic Advising, Winona’s new Poet Laureate, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. The public is invited to attend. McCullough will talk about his plans to promote poetry in the Winona area.

Halloween Fun Night is Oct. 26 at Saint Mary’s

Elementary and preschool children from the Winona area are invited to attend the 10th annual Halloween Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.

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

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

From there, SMU students will lead groups of trick-or-treaters through the residence halls of the university, where they can go door to door for candy. Last year more than 700 youth participated in this free, safe and fun event.

Candy donations can be dropped off in the Office of Residence Life in the basement of the Toner Student Center.

Get set to scream at Walk of Horror

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. Oct. 23-24 and 29-31 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.

Auditions begin today for Blue Angel 2009

The SMU annual music variety show, Blue Angel, is planned for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.

Auditions for the show will be held today through Sunday, Oct. 23-25, and are open to the entire SMU community (students, faculty/staff). A sign-up sheet is located on the Phi Mu Alpha room door in the basement of the Toner Student Center.

For more information, contact Tim Schmall at or Luke Gonnella at

Students celebrate National Chemistry Week

Many area high school juniors and seniors (and their teachers) will learn how the elements are an important part of everyday life. through hands-on experiments at Saint Mary’s. Area classes are invited onto campus from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.

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

Each year students solve a challenging but fun chemical problem, based on the National Chemistry Week (Oct. 18-24) theme. This year’s theme is “Chemistry — It’s Elemental!”

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

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

Page Series presents puppet show about water Oct. 23

Large, colorful puppets will explore and explain the world’s water issues at 6:30 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 23, at Page Theatre.

Since 1973, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) has been using water, flour, newspaper, paint and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence.

Drawing inspiration from the world’s traditions of puppet and mask theatre and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theatre, HOBT creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.

“Beneath The Surface” is a splashy celebration and investigation of our everyday drinking water. This enlightening and entertaining production features live performances, music and video. A “What You Can Do!” carnival will engage and inspire all ages. Using fun, energy and imagination, children will be introduced to the issues that face our world about water.

Come to the theatre lobby early and take a blind taste-test of drinking waters. Tickets for this Page Series performance are $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

Diverse art on display through Nov. 11

"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.

Kabara Institute hosts speakers Tuesday

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the next Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies event, “Entrepreneurship 101: The Basics and More,” Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Three speakers, Laurel Feddema of Steppingstone Consulting Inc., Pat and Jerry Papenfuss of Result Radio Group, and Grace McNamara of Grace McNamara Inc., will share their success stories and provide advice to future entrepreneurs. The event is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. in the Toner Student Center Lounge.

Feddema has more than 25 years of experience in management, marketing, community relations, sponsorship and communications. In 2004, she founded — and currently serves as president — of Steppingstone Consulting Inc., a firm that specializes in community relations, partnership/sponsorship marketing, and for-profit & non-profit program collaboration and project management.

The Papenfusses co-own the Result Radio Group. Result Radio owns and operates 14 Minnesota radio stations in Winona, Blue Earth, Windom, Fergus Falls and Perham. Jerry also co-developed Knopp Valley in Winona. The couple is active in several community organizations.

McNamara is president and CEO of Grace McNamara Inc. (GMI), based in St. Paul, Minn. McNamara founded the company in 1986 with the purchase of Window Fashions magazine. The company’s mission is to be a catalyst for the rapidly changing design landscape.

Students invited to government fair

The Minnesota College & University Career Services Association is sponsoring the sixth annual Government Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, in the Great Hall of the Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Students can find out how to start a career in government. This fair is open to all students, freshmen through seniors. A list of the agencies attending can be found at Students should not register online; they can go to Room 136 Saint Mary’s Hall or call Ext. 6996.

First ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ has Halloween theme

Dress up for Halloween and earn a traveling trophy for your office or department during the first Let’s Do Lunch “Boo”fet Friday, Oct. 30, hosted by the Business Office and Academic Skills and Academic Advising. A trophy will be awarded to the group with the best costumes.

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.

Ed.D. Research Symposium to be held Oct. 31

Alumni of the doctoral program in leadership (Ed.D.) are invited to attend the sixth annual Ed.D. Research Symposium. The accomplishments of recent graduates will be highlighted, allowing current students to receive valuable feedback from their peers and providing an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students to share their accomplishments with a wider professional audience.

The symposium is planned for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in LaSalle Hall at the Twin Cities campus.

For more information, contact Britt Bakken at (612) 728-5127 or

Benefit planned for Griffin family

A benefit for Bob Griffin, husband of Crystal Griffin, Maintenance Department, will be Saturday, Oct. 24.

Bob Griffin is paralyzed from a staph infection in his spine. The benefit will begin at 4 p.m. at the Lewiston Community Center. There will be a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., as well as a live auction at 6 p.m. The event will conclude with a DJ.

The menu will include pulled pork, beans, salad and a roll for $10, with dessert available for purchase. Tickets are available in the maintenance office.

Auction items or monetary donations can be brought to the Maintenance Department or Business Office.

Public invited recital by Heukeshoven, Hanson

Music faculty members Dr. Janet Heukeshoven and Sylva Hanson will present a free recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Heukeshoven, on flute, and Hanson, on clarinet, will perform pieces by Bach, Enesco, von Weber, Sutermeister and Brahms, showcasing compositions from Baroque music to 20th century pieces.

Jan Matson will assist on piano, and guest soprano Maureen Sherman will contribute vocals.

The SMU Music Education student chapter will be selling new Music Department T-shirts and hoodies after the recital. A small number of past years’ shirts will be available at reduced prices.

Saint Mary’s to make a difference on Oct. 24

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

Approximately 220 Saint Mary’s University students will be teamed up to help groups and organizations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in recognition of “Make a Difference Day.” For more information, call Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or e-mail

‘Lasallian Day of Service’ is Oct. 24

The Saint Mary’s University Alumni Association and its board of directors are sponsoring a national volunteer service day called “Lasallian Day of Service” on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Numerous groups of alumni will come together through the spirit of the Lasallian mission of service to others while participating in service projects in their hometowns and neighborhoods.

The Alumni Association has arranged volunteer opportunities in Chicago, the Twin Cities and Winona.

For more information and to register, go to

Alumni are encouraged to contact fellow Saint Mary’s classmates and friends and organize their own service projects. Alumni can use the registration form to notify the university of projects.

Oct. 30 is last day to get Cardinal Pride T-shirt

The Cardinal Pride T-shirt sale has been extended through Friday, Oct. 30. There will be a special, surprise celebrity guest at the sale table in the Toner Lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Shirts will be available all week in the Toner Student Center lobby.

Shirts are $10 each. All proceeds benefit the Winona Area Humane Society. If you would like to order via email, contact Jana Schrenkler at or Kathleen Pawlowski at

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.

Fox to discuss Lasallian work at fall conference

Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, Interdisciplinary Studies, is the keynote presenter for “Lasallian Heritage and Pedagogy,” the Partners in Learning Fall Conference Oct. 30-31 in Minneapolis.

Dr. Fox will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on “The Lasallian Charism: A Rich Heritage, A Practical Present, A Powerful Future.” She will address our common story, the genesis of our work and the inspiration for our efforts. Particular emphasis is placed on the manner in which this heritage informs our contemporary work with the students entrusted to our care. Fox will treat the relevance of our history to our present, the challenges we face in our present and how — together and by association — we can create our Lasallian future.

The event is free. For more information, contact Sue Hines at

Next student production is ‘The Problem’ Oct. 24-25

Theatre students will stage “The Problem,” a comedy by A. R. Gurney, in the Studio Theatre of the Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. “The Problem” is directed by Danielle Steube as her graduation project. Performers are Maggie Allexsaht and Trent Graves, and stage managers are Bill Ronchak and Regina Harris. Lighting design is by Tom Conry and Rick Baustian. The piece runs approximately 20 minutes.

Next Go Red To Get Ahead SGPP event planned in Winona

On Nov. 3, staff from the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs will be available to meet with students, faculty and staff of the Winona campus to learn more about the graduate program opportunities that Saint Mary’s has to offer.

With locations in the Twin Cities, Apple Valley, Rochester, Minnetonka, and Winona, getting a masters degree can be a convenient next step for future alums. Classes are offered with flexible evening schedules so that work and school are both options for those who wish to continue their education. A raffle signup will be available all day.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Toner Student Center, as well as in various classrooms. Faculty information sessions will be held in Saint Mary’s Hall. Watch for more specific information.

Dance for Africa to raise money for CTIE in Nairobi 

A Dance for Africa is planned for 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 30, at the West End Historic Theatre, 685 W. 5th St., in Winona. The cost is $5, and tickets can be purchased during lunch at the Toner Student Center stairwell.

Costumes are encouraged, and transportation to and from the dance will be provided starting at 8:45 p.m. outside of the Toner Center.

Proceeds will benefit students at Christ the Teacher Institute of Education in Nairobi, Kenya.

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

Kowles to present next biology seminar

Dr. Dick Kowles, professor emeritus, will present “The Importance of DNA Endoreduplication in the Developing Endosperm of Maize” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Room 112 Hoffman Hall.

Residence Life staff attend MCPA conference

Brendan Dolan, Tim Fredrickson, Lance Thompson, and Nikki Peters attended the annual conference of the Minnesota College Personnel Association. They had the opportunity to celebrate MCPA’s 40th birthday while attending various professional workshops centered on current issues in student affairs, social justice, specialty programming, leadership, and more. Dolan and Fredrickson represented Saint Mary’s in the graduate student case study competition. Lance and Brendan were also recognized as graduate scholarship winners.

Jazz notes

The John Paulson Jazz Quartet will perform at the Starlite Lounge in La Crosse, Wis., from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 23.

Swing Inc., with Eric Heukeshoven, performs 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23rd, at the Canadian Honker Restaurant.

Sympathy to Schuele, Lifka families

Diane Schuele, an employee of Chartwells, died Sunday, Oct. 18. She had been working in food service at Saint Mary’s for the past 30 years.

Sister Lauranne Lifka, BVM, who taught at the College of Saint Teresa until it closed, died Friday, Oct. 16.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Schuele and Lifka families.