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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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, or Lynn Streefland at Ext.7329 or 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 CafĂ©. 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


• 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.