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

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).